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Entangled Whale Saved By Divers & Thanked

Updated on May 1, 2012

This has Disney all over it. One could not have a better theme for a movie. How mankind saved a female humpback whale from death off the Farallon Islands, west of San Francisco.

The islands are deserted except for wildlife and frequented by fisherman crabbing and such. During crab season, the area off the islands is prime crabbing area and loaded with lines and traps used by fishing boats. A fishing boat found a female Humpback whale in distress entangled in a snare of wires and ropes, no doubt as she hunted for food. The fisherman found the whale having trouble staying afloat and made matters worse fighting. The whale also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, tail, torso and a line tugging in her mouth. Unable to help, the fisherman radioed it in to authorities and hours passed until help arrived. The whale was snared so bad divers had to untie her taking several hours. The funny thing was, the whale seemed to know she was being helped by these little humans, dwarfed by her size. As the divers dove and cut the lines and rope, divers noticed the whale's eyes following them.

When the whale was free, it swam off and then returned to the divers nudging them gently, as if she was thanking them! The divers all state that this event changed their lives. Totally amazing.


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    • scottcgruber profile image

      scottcgruber 5 years ago from USA

      I heard this story on Radiolab a few years ago - very touching.

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      James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Awesome, absolutely awesome. I've always thought that whales and dolphins were more or less as intelligent as us, and this is further proof. Thanks for this. Voted up and shared.

    • Byron Wolf profile image

      Byron Wolf 5 years ago

      Awesome how she thanked them!

      Uplifting hub, thanks.