The Whale Rescue


A female humpback whale 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 Faralon 
Islands (outside the Golden Gate ) and radioed 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. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, nudged them, and pushed gently, 
thanking 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.

May you, and all those you love, be so 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.

Life is short ...forgive quickly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably...and never regret anything that made you smile

Sent in by Pam Evans. Wales UK

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