Monday, November 20, 2006

Have a Whale of a Time this Thanksgiving Week......

A friend sent me this story, and I want to share it with all of you for Thanksgiving.
If you read the front page of the SF 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, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone 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
-a very dangerous proposition.
One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.

They worked for hours with curved knifes 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 gently around-she thanked them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lifes.

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 those you love, be so blessed and 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, my friends and fellow bloggers, in the same spirit.

May all of you have a most wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving...full of thanks and hope, and PEACE..........Love, Vicci


Blogger Deb said...

What an amazing story! Thank you for sharing it.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG!! I love that! I love whales and what a great story! Thanks hun

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing this very moving story, Vicci. I think that whales are the most beautiful creatures in the ocean. They are so large yet so incredibly graceful.
I often have dreams of swimming beside whales. I don't know what they mean, but they are wonderful dreams.

Your Thanksgiving blessing is received with much gratitude and a heartfelt wish to you and yours for the same.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vicci, what a wonderful story, so moving. thank you for sharing it with us. Whales are amazing creatures, this one so obviously knew she was being helped, and showed her appreciation.
We in Canada have already celebrated Thanksgiving, but I want to wish you and your family, and all Americans the very best of holidays. I am thankful that you are our neighbours. Bless you all...xoxoxo

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got goose bumps reading this story. Whales are such glorious creatures. I love to hear the recordings of their sounds. Sad story but thankfully a very happy ending.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Vicci I have tears in my eyes.
Thanks for that wonderful story of our friend in the ocean, who by the way KNEW she was being helped...God Bless you and your family and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Like mum said we had ours in Canada already, but we hope all of you have a fantastic holiday. Count your blessings and remember to untangle someone if you can.

7:34 PM  
Anonymous angela marie said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful and touching story.

I could only imagine what this team of rescuers experienced. What a gift!

Happy Thanksgiving to you.

9:28 PM  
Blogger becca said...

I'm glad to see that I was not the only one that became teary eyed from reading this story. The blessing...wish...that you posted along with it is just as beautiful...words very well put but from within the heart. We all truly do have so much to be thankful for...but for some they have to push the hurt and longings aside to see the many things to be thankful for. I love you Vic and look forward to spending a wonderful day with the family on the ole homestead...thanks for having me in the family.

9:35 PM  
Blogger silverlight said...

Stunning,A beautiful miracle.

2:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lovely story, Vicci - thankyou. we don't celebrate Thanksgiving down here but I hope you have a wonderful day - blessings & bliss, Robyn xo

2:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a very beautiful story you have passed on to us. Thank you so much. It lifts me up to know there are people who would risk to save an animal in need, and then the whales personal acknowledgement is just heart pounding images. WOW

8:04 AM  
Blogger skinnylittleblonde said...

OMG Vicci ~ that brought a tar to my eye, literally. I don't know if it's true or not, but I believe it!
I am so glad those divers took the well worth it.
You're right...we all get tangled up sometimes & we are so blessed.
TY & Happy Thanksgiving to you!

8:22 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

That really is a great story, thanks for sharing. Hope you had a great holiday

1:16 PM  

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