The Whale Who Said Thanks

The Whale Who Said Thanks

I know that you will enjoy this true story about the whale who said thanks as much as I did. It was published in 2009 and is timeless. It is always uplifting and rewarding to hear about others who are like minded, and caring individuals, whether it be for humanity or “all creatures great and small”.

It is ironic that some will ask, “Was this verified by snopes?” The answer is yes, however the irony, for me, is in the asking. This story, whether true or a fable reminds us all of what humanity MUST be! Have a joyous and prosperous day and enjoy the following:

A female humpback whale 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 Faralon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed 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 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, nudged them, and pushed gently, thanking them.

Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.

The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the whole time, and “I will never be the same”.


May you be so 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.

I pass this on to you in the same spirit, like the whale who said thanks.

One thought on “The Whale Who Said Thanks

  1. craig@cctv kits says:

    this is a great story, I remember when we had a whale in the Thames, London (UK) back in 2006, it was Northern Bottlenose whale, many people came to help but sadly after 3 days of trying the whale passed away due to stress. This is vary rare for this to happen in London and I doubt it will ever happen again in my life time, I’m just glad I tried and was there to help.

    I like this blog. Keep up the good work.

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