Friday, October 1, 2010

The Whale.

This is a true story. I was crying when I read it. Absolutely touching, inspiring, and beautiful in every way...


"... 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."
-via Gina Rene's facebook

I hope your weekend is full of perspective and tender mercies, and encounters with inspiring animals (my dad already has, with pelicans).
PS. LDS friends, enjoy Conference! We get to feast on the word.. what a blessing!

5 comments:

Abby Monroe said...

and that is why i need to work with animals! we are just animal lovers, you and i, Air! thank you for that story :)

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

this is amazing, thanks for sharing :) &yes, enjoy your conference weekend!

Val Murphy said...

We went to the aquarium in Sandy today...I felt bad for the a lot of the little sea creatures being stuck in small little tanks....I loved this story and that is the most amazing picture ever! BTW Have you ever watched the Cove?

Francesca said...

And who says animals don't have spirits?

Ashley said...

Wow, what a sweet story! Thanks so much for posting that. :)