Thursday, May 04, 2006

Humback Whale Story

Humback Whale Story

If you read the front page story of the SF Chronicle on Thursday, Dec
14, 2005, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had
become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was
weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to
struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope
wrapped around her body-her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her
mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands
(outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for
help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that
she was so bad off, th e only way to save her was to dive in and
untangle her-a very dangerous proposition. One slap of the tail could
kill a rescuer.

They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.
When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous
circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time,
and nudged them, pushed them gently around-she thanked them. Some
said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.
The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following
him the whole time, and he will never be the same.