A female humpback whale had become entangled in a spiderweb of crab traps and 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, tail, torso, and a line tugging in her mouth.
A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands 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 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, pushing them gently around as though she was thanking them.
The divers say it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The man who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and that he will never be the same.
i had to reblog this for you vanessa <3
Whales, man. Whales.