Monday, October 3, 2011

Saving Valentina

Hump back whales are known for their magical songs which travel distances through the great oceans of the world. These are either moans, cries, howls and other noises. Have you ever saved a whales life before. Well a man named Michael Fishbach saved one.On Valentines day 2011 Michael and his family had a rare opportunity to save a whales life.

Applying the seas of Cortez he came upon a whale that seemed to be dead. They were floating  for several minutes next to the whale but there were no signs of life. Suddenly the whale force fully exhaled.

Michael decided to dive in the water to solve the situation. He then noticed that the whale was really tangled in the gill net type used by fishermen. As he swam along side the whale, their eyes met but there were no words they could share. Michael wanted to let the whale know he was there to help. If I was him I wouldnt of done that because things like that are potentially dangerous.

It took some effort to stay focused giving great promotion of the moment. Despite this beautiful trapped and so close to death animal. Michael was scared because he knew that the whale was frightened and that one little panic movement could kill him.

The situation was bleak. It’s tail was tangled in SO MUCH gear, it was weighed down about 15 feet from the surface. Both pectoral fins were pined to the sides of the whales body. The whale then started to get frightened and fatigue. Luckily, Michael freed his dorsal fin.

  They found a little sharp knife that could cut through the net. After several of minutes maybe even an hour they got more bits free. Cutting frantically at the net they finally freed the whale.

As happy as a baby with candy, the whale swam off in joy. When at about a 50 feet away, he started breaching. He did about 40 breaches. This was a good sign. I had never seen a animal as happy as that.

Michael and his family then named the whale Valentina.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Tyla,
    I loved the way you described the Humpback Whale so people like me know more about them. Michael is very lucky to be alive because you are right, if the whale had one little panic attack Michael could be hurt or dead.
    Keep up the interesting writing.
    Mary V.


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