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    Whale story

    If you read the front page story of the SF Chronicle on Thursday, Dec 15, 2005, 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
    circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and
    nudged them, pushed them 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 in the
    New Year----to be untangled from the things that we think are binding us.

    Happy 2006!!!

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    Registerd user Master in FishingTX dwaynez's Avatar
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    Aug 2004
    Good Post, Very Inspirational
    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
    -Mark Twain

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    And great avatar.

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