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A tale, of a tail, or, A tail, tale. The whale.
By ROCK-Salt! Art Proctor   
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Last edited: Monday, May 22, 2006
Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2006

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Taken from the S.F. Chronicle.


The Whale


If you read the front page story 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,  that, 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 came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them,

pushing, them, gently around.  She, seemed to be saying: thank you!

 The divers, said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.


The one, who cut the rope out of her mouth,  said: her eye, was

following him the whole time, and, he'll,  never be the same!


May you, and all those you love,

  be so blessed and fortunate . 

to be surrounded by people,

that will help you get untangled,

  when, the things that are binding you.

 are threatening, your life. 







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Reviewed by Valerie Boggess 6/10/2006
Beautiful write, so heart touching. God's creation, His animals are truly a great wonder. They are all so much a part of His great plan. We have a lot to learn from God's creatures great and small. God bless Art!
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 5/23/2006
Art, this is a most touching and heartwarming article, a joy to read, thank you so much for sharing this!
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Marguerite Lemoine 5/20/2006
I think I read that story somewhere - However, it is a beautiful tale of how animals think and have a heart when they express it in such a way of saying thank you. I have noticed this in dogs;so they have better understanding than we give them credit for. They are not sufficiently appreciated.
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 5/20/2006
thank you so very much for this!!! we are all connected to one another and need one another...God bless.


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