[NYCkayaker] Gratitude from a Whale and what about Right whales?

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Fri Apr 12 23:07:06 EDT 2013


I got chills as well. Humpbacks are amazingly social. We saw some up in Newfoundland last year during vacation. This post reminded me of something I have wondered about for years too.

Does the population of around 400 Right Whales that live mostly up around Boston ever make it down as far south as New York waters? Any offshore kayakers seen one? Or any whales for that often?

They have even put out a grouping of microphones along the shipping lanes to pick up their sounds so that ship warnings can be issued up there.
 


----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Huszar <r-huszar@panix.com>
To: Lee Reiser/Leona Fontaine <lee060@earthlink.net>
Cc: "NYCkayaker@rockandwater.net" <NYCkayaker@rockandwater.net>; Martin Wellhoefer <captain@hrckc.org>; "YPRC@listserv.adelphi.edu" <YPRC@listserv.adelphi.edu>
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Subject: Re: [NYCkayaker] Gratitude from a Whale

Wow, that really is a beautiful story. I got chills all over just reading 
it. Thanks for sharing!!!

On Fri, 12 Apr 2013, Lee Reiser/Leona Fontaine wrote:

> Gratitude -
>
> ...The Whale... If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spiderweb 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 and a line tugging in her mouth.
>
> A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon 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. 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 as she was thanking them.
>
> Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were 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.
>
> I pass this on to you, my friends, in the same spirit.
>
> Life is good.
>
> Lee
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