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[Humpback Whale Shows Amazing Appreciation After Being Freed From Nets] Source: LYBIO.net
I am Gershon Cohen Co-Founder with Michael Fishback, of Earth Island Institute’s The Great Whale Conservancy. Michael spends two months in the Sea of Cortez every winter photographing Blue Finback and Humpback whales to help track these magnificent animals across our oceans, while observing their complex behaviors in the wild. On Valentine’s Day in 2011, Michael, his family and a few friends were presented with a rare opportunity, a chance to save the life of a Humpback whale, their efforts were captured on film, here is their incredible story.
Yeah, you definitely want to…
You’ve got to video as much as if you can.
This we need it use this…
On Valentine’s day while plying the waters of the Sea of Cortez, I came upon a young Humpback Whale that appeared to be dead.
We floated next to the whale for several minutes, but we saw no signs of life, suddenly the whale rose slightly in the water and forcefully exhaled. I decided to eased into the water with my snorkeling gear in order to assess the situation. Source: LYBIO.net
I quickly discovered the whale was severally entangled in a gill net of the type used by local fishermen. As I swam alongside the animals our eyes met, there were no words we could share, but I wanted to let the whale know that we were there to help.
It took some effort to stay focused given the great emotion of the moment, the sight of this large and beautiful creature trapped and so close to death was almost overwhelming, and I must admit, I was a bit scared because I knew the whale was frightened and fatigued, but could still kill me with one panic movement. The situation was indeed bleak, the tail was entangled and so much gear, it was weighed down a full 15 feet below the surface, both pectoral fins were pinned to the side of its body and the nylon gill net went all the way up the whale’s back forward of the dorsal fin.
Yeah, its freaking out,
I got its dorsal fin to free that’s it.
So when we decide…
His pecks and flukes are screwed.
They made a bit of headway, but it seemed too greater task, so I went back aboard to radio for help. We were told that perhaps in an hour someone would arrive and we all knew that by then it might be too late, while I was working around the pectoral fin, my boat mates George and Vera had managed to get some of the net pulled over the side of our ( ). I came back aboard and we pulled and cut the net as fast as we could, we were maneuvering the boat into proper position with the pedal and only had one small knife, but after a great effort managed to free one of the pectoral fins. Source: LYBIO.net
Yeah, he knows what’s going on.
He knows, what we are doing.
You know what, he’s got to be able to breathe too.
Oh, no, he is right here.
Right on both side, right.
Paddle again we’re…
I’m going to paddle. Source: LYBIO.net
Sensing a spark of freedom the young whale started to swim taking us on a Nantucket Sleigh Ride through the Sea of Cortez for about a half of a mile.
Oh, she is riding.
We’ve been taken for a ride by a whale
No, you good, you good, just make sure none of us entangled…
The whale eventually tired and came back up right underneath us.
He is thinking of other…
We continued to grab more and more net and haul and cut and after nearly a half hour the other pectoral fin came mostly free.
Closer to the whale otherwise you still going to have all this crap on him..…
And when the whale tired we began cutting the net off the powerful tail fluke.
Problem, problem, problem, come on.
Oh, my god the fluke is upside down now.
Trying to sail.
Watch out, watch out, watch out.
Hold on, hold on.
No, no, no…
Grab that pike, grab that pike.
I am – I am
He got it, he got it.
I got it, I got it.
It’s okay now.
Get it down below, get down below he is there, you got to use the fluke from the…
Yeah, I am, I got them, I got it.
I got it, I got it. I think you might need to cut it and let her go with it.
Finally after about an hour of exhausting work, we decided we had enough net aboard to make the final cut, we were hoping the enough net was off the fluke to free her.
Tail is free there, tail is free, it’s been cut, cut, cut, cut, cut.
Cut all, come on keep doing, keep doing, keep doing.
God, it’s so close, cut, cut, cut, right here.
Move it all.
Move it, move it.
Did we get it, did we get it.
We did it.
Let’s pull it all of them.
You saved the humpback whale?
She slowly swam away but about 500 feet from our boat we breached high into the air, I cleared all the net from underneath the boat and we headed off five tired, but exhilarated people with a boat load of nylon netting.
Free, free to live life.
There she is again. Source: LYBIO.net
For the next hour she provided us with an incredible full surface display we saw at least 40 breaches as well as tail lobs, tail slaps and pectoral fin slaps.
We all believed it was at least a show of pure joy, if not, thanks.
She is, mummy, I know what she is doing.
What is she doing hun?
She is showing us that she is all free
Yeah, you are right.
I think, she is showing us a thank you Dance.
I think so Dallen.
We followed her for about four miles over the next hour and said good bye. Needless to say we were all proud and thrilled that we saved this fantastic young life, it was an incredible experience that none of us will ever forget.
Yeah, I got a little of an id.
Did you get a little ID.
Okay, we’re going to get a breach.
Well Michael, I’m out of movie. Source: LYBIO.net
It’s all right.
We’re going to get a breach…
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