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    Smile Humpback whale, freed from fishing nets, performs a 'thank you' dance for rescuers

    Humpback whale 'thanks' rescuers who saved it from dying tangled in fishing nets | Mail Online


    Flipping amazing... the moment a humpback whale 'thanks' rescuers who saved it from dying tangled in fishing nets


    By Daily Mail Reporter

    Last updated at 12:09 PM on 18th July 2011


    A humpback whale which was freed from almost certain death by three men off the coast of California repaid the favour to its rescuers with a breathtaking display of breaches and dives.

    The amazing hour-long performance was caught on camera moments after the creature was cut free from fishing nets.
    When the boat came across the whale it was trapped with its tail and flippers hopelessly entangled in the nets.
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    Enlarge Helping hand: Michael Fishbach and his two friends help to cut the net from the helpless humpback whale


    The whale watchers first thought the humpback was already dead as it was floating on top of the water.

    But then it let out a loud breath through its blow hole.
    Michael Fishbach decided the best thing to do was to get into the water and snorkel alongside the stricken whale.

    He said: 'As I swam alongside the animal our eyes met.
    'There were no words we could share but I wanted to let the whale know that we were there to help.
    'It took some effort to stay focused given the great emotion of the moment.
    'The sight of this large and beautiful creature trapped and so close to death was almost overwhelming.

    Enlarge Danger: The huge creature could have easily overturned the boat but the rescuers were determined to cut the nets away


    'I must admit I was a bit scared because I knew the whale was frightened and fatigued but could still kill me with one panicked movement.'
    He said the whale's tail was so entangled that it was weighed down by about 15ft.

    Michael got back on the boat and tried to cut the net off the whale with a small knife.



    The trio managed to free one of the fins but the whale sensed freedom and swam away, pulling the boat with it.
    But eventually it surfaced again and more net was cut away.
    After about an hour of working the whale was totally free.
    They pulled the remaining fish net onto the boat and watched the whale give a dramatic show of freedom.

    Spectacular: The huge whale shows its splendour as it jumps out of the water


    For the next hour they watched the whale breach around 40 times and then dive down waving its tail above the water.

    Michael said: 'We all believed it was a least a show of pure joy, if not thanks.
    'We were all proud and thrilled that we saved this fantastic young life.

    'It was an incredible experience that none of us will ever forget.'
    On the video a small girl can be heard saying: 'I know what she is doing. She is showing us that she is free.
    Her mother replies to her: 'I think she is showing us a thank you dance.'
    Michael spends two months every winter photographing whales in the Sea of Cortez.
    He is the co-founder of the Great Whale Conservancy (GWC) Blue Whale Protection Program, set up to protect whales along the California coast from ship-strike caused injuries and death.

    Thank you: The whale performed around 40 breaches and tail slaps in the hour after being freed


    The whole rescue was captured on camera off the coast of California
    Rest in Peace my beautiful little Bonnie

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    That must have been something to witness.
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    The video of the whole thing in on Teddy Hilton (yes, Perez) and is just amazing. They worked for an hour and the whale would get up close to the boat to help them.
    Breathtaking.
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    That's a really cool story.

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    How cool

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    Thank you,Honey! Everyone should see the whole thing. Wonderful whale.
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    this brings me so much joy, thanks

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    that is just amazing!
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    That fucking ruled.


    I need to send this to someone, how the hell do I post it on FB??


    Edit: nevermind! Got it!

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    awesome!!!!

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    That is beyond awesome. My face even hurts a little from smiling.
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    Pass the tissue box, please.
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    Amazing how the whale understood and came back, staying still and being careful not to knock over the boat or people - it easily could have happened unintentionally.
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    Absolutely beautiful.

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    That was awesome.
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