Friday, December 12, 2008

The Whale Email - a Keeper

I will follow up with more on the interview with Eldon Taylor when I have more time to write.

For now, here's an email forward making the rounds. I am very picky about the stuff I send on. This is about one those special moments that few of us get to share -- other than through our a vicarious retelling. I like it because it underscores a thought I shared with Eldon (more on that too) - Animals have consciousness and conscience.

I remember this story - worth passing on -

The Whale

If you read the front page story of the SF 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 Farralone 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 ..
a very dangerous proposition.

One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.

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
She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged
pushed gently around-she thanked them. Some said it was the most
incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.

The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was
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.

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