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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Whale Appreciation

Click on title for a few pictures.

This is probably the smallest slide show ever. I wasn't able to post the pictures separately. (Still learning)
I don't know how old this story is but I just saw it for the first time and think it deserves a post.

"If your read the front page of the SF Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale that 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, and a line tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallone Islands (outside 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, the 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. Then she came back to each and every diver, one at a time and nudged them, pushing 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."

The following was added to the e-mail in which this story was sent, and I pray it for you.

"May you and all those you love be so blessed and fortunate
to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled
from the things that are binding you.
And may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.

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