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Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Whale

The Whale 
 

 A female humpback whale had become entangled in a spider web of crab trap 
 sand 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, as well as 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, as 
 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.

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