Saving a Humpback Whale

Michael Fishbach, co-founder of The Great Whale Conservancy (GWC), narrates his encounter with a young humpback whale entangled in local fishing nets.

At first, the animal appeared to be dead, yet Fishbach investigated and quickly discovered that the poor creature was tangled in a fishing net.

The humans had to act fast; what began as a tragedy soon became a thrilling rescue as Fishbach and his crew labored to free the young whale.

The entire encounter was caught on videotape and later narrated by Fishbach himself.

Watch as the whale named Valentina by her rescuers goes from near death to freedom, then rewards her saviours with dozens of magnificent full-body breeches and tail flips.

Indeed, this video has the power to inspire action on behalf of other beings. In ways big and small, each of us can be the one who helps another.

Opportunities to be a hero for animals are all around. Where will your compassion take you next?

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Between Saving a Life and Letting it Go

This video was made in Sept 2010; I chose to post it here now because of a recent discussion I had with a friend and the topic was fresh in my mind.

When it comes to the non-human animal species, most humans do not like to face the fact that animals in nature die, sometimes due to the prey/predator relationship; other times due to a finite number of years.  It is human nature to want to save an animal’s life when it comes across our path especially if it seems to be in distress, and we should if reasonably possible.  But there can be a fine line between saving a life and abusing the dignity of that life because of public or other pressure that we allow to force us into heroic measures.  Animals have as much “right” to a dignified death as humans do (and please do NOT confuse this issue with the extremist views of the “animal rights” faction – I do not agree with most of those viewpoints).  Dr. Safina narrates this story about a dolphin that became stranded near his home.  He soon saw that the dolphin was quite aged and likely would have died soon even had it never become stranded.  But because of public attendance viewing the “rescue” the team would not euthanize the dolphin on the beach in front of them and opted to move it to a care facility.  Listen to what Dr. Safina says about this – it speaks a lot about learning to empathize and participate another species’ being.