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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:35 AM

Whale Shark Rescue

Whale Shark Rescue
By Barry Ritholtz - November 27th, 2012, 8:00AM


WHALE SHARK RESCUE – November 7, 2012, diving aboard the Solmar V (www.solmarv.com) at Roca Partida, near Socorro Island, about 250 miles south of Baja, Mexico. During the first dive of the morning, we came upon a mature whale shark in some amount of distress due to a large rope cinched around it’s girth. It must have been there for some time, as the rope was encrusted with barnacles, and was cutting deeply into the flesh of the shark. On the second dive of the morning, we located the same whale shark once again, and with Eddy (dive guest) on the scene with his “Go Pro” camera, we were able to memorialize the rescue.

In the video you will see Dave (dive guide) approach the shark from the front, and Dani (dive guide) swim to the shark from above. You will see Dani successfully cut the rope loose, freeing the shark which slowly swims away. At the end, you will see Eddy’s wife, Gina, knuckle-bump Dani, as we all celebrate together. We brought the rope back to the boat, and found it was about 2 inches in diameter, so perhaps an anchor or mooring line? How it got wrapped around the shark is a mystery.

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http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2012/11/whale-shark-rescue/
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Scuba Nov 2012 #1
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Brigid Nov 2012 #4
ellenfl Nov 2012 #5
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:00 AM

1. Bravo!!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:01 AM

2. Wow, heroic effort on the part of the divers.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:39 AM

3. Gentle giants

Great video.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:43 AM

4. Bravissimo to the rescuers!

And it took such a short amount of time to cut the line away. So fortunate that the shark's plight was discovered in time to save it.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:56 PM

5. kick for later. eom

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:32 PM

6. Did you notice the deep cut into the flesh right at the junction of the

right side-fin and the body? It's right near the joint and each movement
has to be awfully painful, until it heals. Hope it isn't infected.

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Response to Cal33 (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:00 PM

7. Sure did. Hope it heals, also. The whale shark clearly would have suffered horrendously.

Horrible dilemna, wanting to avoid moving its fin to avoid horrendous pain, but having to move it in order to live.

Sure wish people had more awareness about what their thoughtless does to other life on earth.

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