A humpback whale tangled in netting got the save it needed when snorkelers were able to successfully set it free.
The Sea of Cortez is the backdrop for a Valentine’s Day rescue mission.
Several men in a boat out for a day of snorkeling happened upon a young whale that they thought was dead. After the whale exhaled a strong breath through its blow hole, the men realized that not only was the animal still alive, but it was in distress.
Here’s how they managed to save it:
According to the men, the humpback whale was so entangled that both pectoral fins were pinned to its body. After working for over an hour, the men seemed to have enough of the whale freed that they would be able to get the rest of the net off of the animal’s fluke.
For an hour after they freed the whale they watched as the humpback breached 40 times while leaping for joy after have been given a second chance at life.
Although these people had the joy of saving this animal and deserve a lot of credit for doing so, a humpback whale is still a wild animal, and a very large one at that. Extreme caution should be taken approaching one and if discovered to be in distress, the proper authorities should be alerted.