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Rescuers Whale

Whale and Rescuers

The Whale

A female humpback whale had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. Weighed down by hundreds of pounds of traps, she struggled to stay afloat. The whale also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, and a line tugging at her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Faralon Islands (outside the Golden Gate ) and radioed for help. Within a few hours, a rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her–a very dangerous proposition. One slap of her tail could kill a diver. The team, working with curved knives for hours, eventually freed her.

Once free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. The whale then came back to each and every diver, nudging and gently pushing them one at a time, thanking them.

Some of the divers said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.

The diver who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

May you, and all those you love, be so fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from things in life that bind you and weigh your spirit down. May you always know the joy of giving and receiving with gratitude.

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