Zensekai (zen's world under sail)

The sailing adventures of s/v Zen and crew

Thursday, May 18, 2006

A whale of a story...

True story - http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/whalethanks.asp

The Whale

Since this is about the ocean I think it fits here

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 FarraloneIslands
(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 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.

Interesting I should get this article today. Shows life matters to others even though the world is full of those who do not care...

I was riding my bike to work today. Zipping along a bike trail. The "zen sense" ( like spider sense but for me ;-) ) I looked down there was a lizard sunny him/herself on the trail, right in front of my tire path! I quickly ( those kung fu reflexes ) cut around it. It would have bummed me out to crush that little fella! Yeah I'm a little weird. I fussed at some kids the other day harrssing some baby Canadian Goose in the park with a tree branch, grrrrrrr. However reading this article about the whale, give me faith there are other weirdos out there who think any life has a value...


  • At 12:15 PM, Blogger Tillerman said…

    I think whales are smarter than some people.

  • At 5:28 PM, Blogger royalLD said…

    The story of the whale is a great illustration of the Yin and Yang of man. The traps that snared the whale were much too much Yin. The divers, who freed the mighty beast, came with the right degree of Yang to restore balance to the ocean and harmony to the universe. The whale seemed to know this, and rejoiced.

  • At 11:51 AM, Blogger Liz said…

    Awwwwwwwwwww---another true animal lover.
    Yeah, the world thinks we're nuts but I think God must have other ideas.
    Sure sign of the character of a person-how they treat and think about the lesser creatures of our earth.
    But I wonder too which are"Lesser"


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