A female humpback whale had become entangled in a spider web of crab trap
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
Islands (outside the
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
She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, nudged them,
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.