Whale Rescue Caught on Tape

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Michael Fishbach and his friends were in the Sea of Cortez on Valentine's Day this year when they found a humpback whale floating in the water. It appeared to be dead, having been trapped in a fishing net for a long time. Fishbach discovered that she was still alive -- but only barely. They worked hard for an hour with only one knife to cut the net away and free her. They were ultimately successful. Skip ahead to 6:20 to see the whale's joyful reaction.

-via Nag on the Lake

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Love, love, love this story, but how do we know the whale wasn't scratching itself- that fishing line could have been painful and itchy... Or it could have been warning other whales to stay away, or being territorial? I'm not discounting the other theories of it saying thank you, or showing joy at being free, but I just wish I had more knowledge of whales to know what the most likely scenario is (without human sentiment or anthropomorphism). But do love this story; very touching- and jealous of the people who were there to help that whale- what an amazing and lucky encounter!
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I'm not a crier, but I'll be damned if I don't fess up to the tear in my eye. Kudos to the people who cared enough to free it. While I can't comment of whether the whale was saying thanks, I'm certain those were breaches of joy!
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I don't know if I'm more jealous of the adults, who went out of their way to do such an amazing thing, or the little girl, who gets to grow up with such incredible folks.
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