For the love of it


I received this piece by email which I share with you all. It is a very touching account, and as you know, I am passionate about these beautiful mammals.

The Whale…   If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco 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 Farallon 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. 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 as she was thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were 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 receiving gratitude


16 thoughts on “For the love of it

  1. Natalia

    Good Morning Kate,
    This is such an emotive piece. I felt so much love and tenderness for the beast as I read how she ‘gently pushed them around’. Mothers are a little like this also. From cradle to grave, we too ‘gently push’ those we love and our eyes ‘watch’ all the time.

    I also liked the last paragraph very much. It resonates very well with my own thoughts.

    May you never be entangled to the point you are struggling to breath Kate. 🙂 xx

    1. Coffee With Kate Post author

      Hi Natalia,
      I have seen amazing tenderness and mothering in animals. The elephants really grab at my heart strings. The compassionate display of their actions with their young and toward each other reflects in so many ways the actions of humans and is quite magical to watch.

  2. technogran1

    I was moved to tears reading this wonderful story. Whales are our largest mammals yet they are so gentle. We humans need to learn from them in my view. How wonderful that she thanked them all and well done to the rescue team for their dedication. There is hope for the human race after all!

  3. jennyozzy

    thats a heartfelt story lovely ending we should leave these creatures instead of the cruel world interfereing into theirs xxjen

  4. Slowvelder

    Ah this story is awesome! I can just imagine that these men will never forget such a moving experience. I agree with you on the elephants for sure. Wonderful to watch. I once saw a mom elephant smack her twins who where horsing around in the water when the troup wanted to move off.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog and leading me here – I will be back 🙂

  5. andro51

    This is a wonderful story my great friend, I always like to think that people can resopond to such agonising difficulties, this poor Whale must have been in distress for a very long time, as are many mammals that are caught up in nets and discarded fishing lines, the helplessness only being aided and recovered by a fisherman with the heart of an Angel… A lovely story, thank you for sharing this one Kate, I can see from the responses that everyone likes this most positive result…

    Androgoth XXx

  6. brentwoodprop

    This is such a beautiful story it brought tears!! I can well believe that mammals have this kind of intelligence, visiting with the seals in Norfolk, they came out of the water just were the people had come to vie them though there was miles of empty beach, they were curious and friendly and I am sure some definitely posed for the camera!

    Susan x

  7. lairdglencairn

    sympathy is all very well but until Japan and Norway stop hunting down and killing our fellow mammals then these story’s will continue, at least until the whales and dolphins become extinct !


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