Saturday, February 10, 2007

True Whale Story

If you read the front page story of the SF 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 Farralone 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, 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

She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and
nudged them, pushed 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.

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.

I pass this on to you, my friend, in the same spirit. .

Thanks Barry & Louise D.

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