Monday, August 22, 2011

Humpback whale rescued from gillnets in Sea of Cortez; amazing video

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Freedom has never been so clearly defined as it was by the humpack whale in this spectacular video shot in the Sea of Cortez.

The end of the video will have you oohing and aahing over the explosive waterworks produced by a very happy and appreciative humpback whale. The beginning will make you cringe. It's the sight of a dying humpback whale tangled in a gillnet and unable to move, and barely able to get air.

Luckily, Michael Fishback happened along in his skiff. With one small knife.

Michael Fishback is the co-founder of The Great Whale Conservancy. He narrates this 8 1/2-minute, feel-good video shot on Valentine's Day earlier this year and posted on YouTube just recently. Watch it; you will not be disappointed (it's also definitely worth sharing with others):

As you saw, Fishback and his crew worked for an hour to free the humpback whale from the gillnet. When it finally gained its freedom, the whale put on a show unlike any other you'll see in nature. Forty breaches, and a wave goodbye with its fluke.

"Mommy, I know what she's doing," you can hear a little girl say in the background. "She's showing us she's all free."

Indeed, the humpback whale was doing the freedom dance.

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