Shared Stories: The Whale


Following is a beautiful animal story, shared by COTH member, Kelly Croke. As mentioned in a previous post, stories like this one will be captured and posted on the blog for your enjoyment.

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From: Kelly Croke
Date: Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 6:27 PM
Subject: Fw: The Whale–true story



 …The Whale… If you read a recent front page story of the  San Francisco  
Chronicle, 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, the only way to save her was to dive in and
Untangle her. 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 as she was thanking them. Some said it was the most 
Incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the 
Rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole 
Time, and he will never be the same. 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.