Sometimes (maybe once) in a lifetime one enjoys the unique experience that the love that
nature associated with wild animals bestows upon us. The recent rescue of a humpback whale, the first action by the Whale Disentanglement Team this season was one of those unique events.
We were called away from the everyday routine humdrum of working life to assist a young humpback whale which was floundering in the Atlantic Ocean some seven or so miles north from Cape Point. After all the necessary protocols and planning had been attended to we left with two of our rescue craft together with whale rescue experts, paramedics and the best and most experienced sea-rescue professionals who were available at the time – it was during the working day. The short version was that the whale was released from its heavy drudge of
fishing nets, crayfish rings and all kinds of block-and-tackle and after the stage of being very professionally set free is most likely now free in the elements pursuing its creator-intended life in the ocean. For those of us involved it was a huge privelege to assist in giving the lovely mammal a “second chance”. To the professionals who cut the whale free “well done” on their surgical and most humane-based skills which took immense courage and surgical precision
. Photo on left shows Dave Hurwitz holding a length of rope that had trapped the whale.
As rescue professonals and practitioners we felt truly humble and excitedly pleased to have played a small role in liberating such a beautiful and serene mammal from the captivity of mortal man. As the freed whale came past us to say “goodbye” on her way to wherever – there was not a a dry eye onboard our rescue vessel – of that you can be sure.
By Gerry Norris
Also from Gerry via a friend:
A beautiful whale story from the FarallonIslands(outside the Golden Gate). The story of a female humpback whale entangled in a web of crab traps and lines and so weighted down that she struggled to stay afloat. Her rescue made the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle. A fisherman spotted her and radioed an environmental group for help.
When the rescue team arrived they determined that she was tangled up that to save they would have to dive in and cut the ropes one by one. Working for hours they 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.I pass this on to you in the same spirit.