A Whale of a Thanks!

Whale of a ThanksIf you read an article back in 2005 from a 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, tail, torso, and 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.

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.

*Although this was an old article, I received this in my inbox today and just had to share! Many children are heading back to school this week and I would encourage parents to share this story with your kids. They will meet new people, be involved with new groups of friends, come face to face with tough decisions and obstacles. If you instill in them today the qualities and values of a genuine person and who is a “true friend”, your child will be better equipped to select and surround themselves with the “right people.”

-Sam Hill, Community Manager
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