I thought this story, from the news recently, was worth passing along, even though it's a few days late. Chip ________________________________ Sent: Monday, November 29, 2010 11:33 AM Subject: The Whale An after Thanksgiving "tale". THE WHALE The San Francisco Chronicle ran a front page story 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 badly off that the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her... 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. One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. 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. 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. When the whale realized she was free, her rescuers said that she began swimming around in joyful circles, She swam to each diver, nuzzled him and then swam to the next one. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. Description: cid:firstname.lastname@example.org May you and all those you love be so fortunate as to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you, to know the joy of a grateful heart, and to experience the sweetness of being able to express that gratitude and having it lovingly received. <http://inotes.dca.state.fl.us/images.nsf/planetgreen.jpg> Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.