8 Hour Gray Whale Rescue
A whale watching company helped free a juvenile Gray Whale that was entangled in a fishing net off the coast of Southern California. The group spent 8 hours trying to free the large whale from the net. As they were taking off the net from the fluke (tail of the whale), they found a sea lion, a shark, some squid, and some fish that died entangled in the net.
Check out a clip from the video as they free the Gray Whale:
I wanted to bring this story to your attention for 2 reasons:
1) The people spent 8 hours trying to free the whale. On top of the 8 hours, the group spent a number of hours the previous day attaching a buoy to the whale before it got too dark to find him. At one point, the buoys fell off the whale, but the team was able to find the whale through listening for it. This team spent 2 days trying to free a whale because they felt they had to help this whale…it was their duty; and,
2) The lead of the Team, Captain Dave Anderson (who also owns the whale watching company), makes his living taking people out to watch whales. I think this is important point because I often hear of the negative side of whale watchers being too aggressive around whales and getting too close to whales on their excursions. But this story seems to be the exact opposite and it’s not the first story that I heard about whale watching companies caring for the oceans. Now I am sure that there are many whale watching companies out there that aren’t good for whales, but as more stories like these come to the forefront it might change the way people view the whale watching industry.
Captain Dave Anderson and his team are true Ocea Leaders because they not only sacrificed their time to free this whale of the net, but they felt that they had to do something about it. So thank you Captain Dave for being a true inspiration to striving Ocean Leaders everywhere.
Question of the Day:
How do you view the whale watching industry: Too aggressive or a good Eco-tourism industry?