SF Chronicle on Thursday, Dec.
14, 2005, 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
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 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,
and nudged them, pushed them gently around-she thanked 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 he will never be the same.
May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and 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
A'ohe hana nui ke alu'ia "No task is too big when done by all"
Proverb from 'Olelo No'eau