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madmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 06:47 PM
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Humpback Whale Puts On Show For Men Who Saved Her (video)
When Michael Fishbach set out for his day of boating around the beautiful waters of the Sea of Cortez, he probably didn't think that it would be the day he and his friends would become wildlife heroes. As luck would have it, that's exactly what happened.

The group came upon a stranded humpback whale who was so tangled in a mesh of nylon netting that she was beginning to drown, and as Fishbach noted in this video, was possibly an hour from death. The crew worked tirelessly for more than an hour to free the stranded whale and, to their elation, eventually succeeded. Then, magic happened.

For miles on their ride home, the whale put on a beautiful show -- perhaps to say "thank you" to her rescuers?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/14/humpback-whale...
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lamp_shade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 06:50 PM
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1. Wonderful story. I saw it earlier today posted on facebook.
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CaptRandom Donating Member (119 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 06:50 PM
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2. Nice!
that was awesome, thanks for posting it...

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Suich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 06:56 PM
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4. Wow! I've never seen anyone with 1 post!
Welcome to DU, CaptRandom!

:party: :party: :party:
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slay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 06:59 PM
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6. Yes, Welcome to DU CaptRandom!
:toast: :party: :hi:
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Liberalynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 06:51 PM
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3. That was beautiful
Thanks for sharing that.
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 06:58 PM
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5. When you get so fed up with humanity that you feel
it's hopeless, a beautiful story like this of man helping beast comes along. Thank you for making my day less depressing.
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sasha031 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 06:59 PM
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7. thank you so much for posting / k/r
a happy ending for a magnificent creature
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 07:00 PM
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8. That was beautiful. Thank you.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 07:02 PM
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9. Incredible. Made me cry.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 07:30 PM
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17.  Me too. And I cried even more when the whale was freed. n/t
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 07:54 PM
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21. Yeah. That was awesome.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 11:40 PM
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29. +1
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MrMickeysMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 10:11 AM
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50. plus one more tears
... joyful ones
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CleanGreenFuture Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 11:47 AM
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67. Watching that whale dancing across the water did it for me.
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KT2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 02:37 PM
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76. Yes - magnificent! n/t
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 07:07 PM
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10. That was amazing. Rec n/t
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amborin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 07:08 PM
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11. very uplifting!
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CJvR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 07:08 PM
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12. Lovely!
A real "I met Lassie" moment.
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Booster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 07:17 PM
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13. I would have loved to have been on that boat. Beautiful. I also
recall another whale video where after they freed him from a net he/she went around to each one and nudged them as if to thank them. Some of the men cried when that happened. I love whales.
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Kaleko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 11:33 AM
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61. It takes great courage to go near a trapped whale.
They can kill you with an inadvertent swipe of their tail. It's a fact that whales and dolphins are highly aware creatures, and I'm sure that they are capable of feeling immense gratitude among many other emotions.
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Cetacea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 01:22 PM
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72. PSA: human beasties are dangerous. Whales? Never.
People everywhere should never be afraid of these intelligent individuals. All cetaceans, including killer whales, have an ethical code to not harm human creature-animal-beasts. They take extreme care not to accidentally damage human beasties with their powerful and huge bodies. They also have large and powerful brains.

If you see one in trouble, help him/her.
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Kaleko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 06:42 PM
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85. Thank you for telling me that, Cetacea.
I was echoing the fears of the main rescuer in the video that he might inadvertently be killed. What you say rings true with me, though, on a more general, big-picture level.
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Cetacea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 07:13 PM
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87. You're welcome. Thank you for your post as well.
I think that my response was inappropriate now. Thanks for tolerating it.
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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 07:20 PM
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14. What a touching story!
Beautiful, just beautiful. :)
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 07:23 PM
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15. Niagra Falls here
:cry:

:loveya:
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 07:23 PM
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16. Absolutely to say THANK YOU!
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lucca18 Donating Member (149 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 07:35 PM
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18. So beautiful in every way......Thank You
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 07:42 PM
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19. Celebration of life.
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 07:43 PM
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20. I love this video.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 08:09 PM
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22. Fishbach = "Fish back" come one really.. great story.
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bahrbearian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 09:58 PM
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23. This is a great story , the same story I love to tell ,about Port Moller AK
Edited on Fri Jul-15-11 10:03 PM by bahrbearian
In 1982 we were fishing off Port Moller gill netting Sockeye. Nice day and two whales come up the beach heading North. Mother and Calf Humpback, they both got tangled in the net (120 mess) turned out to sea and drug us (32' gillneter). they drug us 9 miles out before we were able to free them,, waves were breaking over the transom. we finally got them free they were very happy, we were very happy,thought we lost 120 fathoms of net. but we couldn't even find land on the radar, we were so far out, the beach is very low there for miles. but we set a heading and had a beer, which we keep for emergency. upon edit Gillnets Suck.
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 10:03 PM
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24. This is a wonderful story
The whale knew she was being helped and she was grateful. The humans did a very good deed indeed. It's a wonderfully uplifting story.
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jasperilla Donating Member (27 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 10:28 PM
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25. Thanks so much!!! That made my day n/t
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ljm2002 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 10:51 PM
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26. That's the second time I've watched it...
...and it's just as good as the first time.

Bravo! to those people for saving the trapped whale, and what a nice reward they got for their efforts!

K&R
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madmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 11:19 PM
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27. You are all quite welcome...since the mood around here has been
ugly, I thought it might help. I'm glad it did. :grouphug:
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-15-11 11:30 PM
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28. Wonderful.
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Elwood P Dowd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 12:51 AM
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30. The video of this on the YouTube site has 60 "dislikes".
Edited on Sat Jul-16-11 12:52 AM by Elwood P Dowd
60 repukes no doubt. They hate stuff like this. The whale should have pulled herself up by the bootstraps and freed herself.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 03:30 AM
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31. Wonderful reminder that animals are part of the universal soul.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 11:40 AM
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63. +1
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 03:45 AM
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32. Yes, extremely moving

I noticed it was posted in DU video section but didn't get the views or nominations it deserved....
I try to post it and found out Omaha Steve already did.
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Pooka Fey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 03:51 AM
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33. Wow!!! K&R
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WVRICK13 Donating Member (930 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 06:21 AM
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34. Thank You
I needed that. The whale is definitely showing her thanks.
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trud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 06:36 AM
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35. the manufacture of gill nets should be illegal,
since nothing seems to stop "people" from using them.

Some days I think how much better the planet would be if the human race just vanished.
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sulphurdunn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 09:58 AM
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47. When a boat loses a gillnet
the net floats around continuing to fish until it catches so many fish it sinks to the bottom. When the catch rots the net floats back to the surface and continues fishing until it catches enough fish to sink and later rise to fish and sink again and again.
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trud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 01:04 PM
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71. crap
That rising to the surface repeatedly is worse than I thought.
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sulphurdunn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 02:05 PM
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74. Becasue they're made of
monofilament nylon they can take many years to biodegrade.
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Rockholm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 06:39 AM
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36. What a great thing to read first thing this morning.
It will make my day.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 06:44 AM
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37. That is way too fabulous
Thank you
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 07:12 AM
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38. Good for the whale, the helpers, and the earth
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 01:57 PM
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73. Cue: Ode to JOY ! ! !
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 07:10 PM
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86. no problem
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wod-MudLNPA




someday if we all live long enough and learn to speak to the whales we will have much to explain .....
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 07:56 AM
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39. Thank you for posting this.
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Cetacea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 08:16 AM
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40. Such magnificant creatures. (The whales as well)
Thank you wayward humans!
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Esse Quam Videri Donating Member (256 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 08:36 AM
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41. Thanks so much for sharing
Great video to start my weekend!
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 08:49 AM
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42. Here's a non-Huffpo link:
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 08:57 AM
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43. thank you rucky!
:)
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 09:05 AM
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44. K&R a thousand times
She knew what they did for her. Jaw-dropping video.
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MissDeeds Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 03:10 PM
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79. Exactly
Thanks for the pic of JFK. JFK Jr. died July 16, 1999, twelve years ago today. They loved the sea, and the many gifts it brought us.


:cry:
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 03:19 PM
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80. Wow, 12 years to the day since JFK Jr. died.
I didn't know that. I know Harry Chapin died 30 years ago today, but didn't know this was the anniversary of JFK Jr. Unbelievable how tragedy has struck that family.
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MissDeeds Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 03:36 PM
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81. I'll never forget that day
My husband and I were shopping in a nearby town when we saw Dan Rather on television. I told my husband that there must be something big happening if Rather was doing a middle of the day, weekend newscast. When we got home and turned on CNN, I remember yelling "This is bullshit!" I could not believe that this marvelous man had died, and that the Kennedy clan was once again subjected to unbelievable loss and tragedy. Does God have no mercy?

I think of JFK Jr. often and what might have been...and it breaks my heart.
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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 09:18 AM
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45. k&r n/t
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dorksied Donating Member (205 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 09:41 AM
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46. Videos like this restore a bit of my faith in humanity.
I cried a little watching this amazing video...
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 10:35 AM
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56. Diving in the water to save a frightened whale-
takes guts, compassion, and skill.

:applause:
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a kennedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 10:06 AM
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48. A W E S O M E
:applause:
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MrMickeysMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 10:10 AM
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49. God, was this ever GREAT...
The little child knew she was happy because she was free.
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 10:19 AM
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51. Think how fine a place the world would be if we just looked after one another.
Thank you for the morning joy.
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 10:19 AM
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52. No point in living if you
can't live free.
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 10:19 AM
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53. kick for others to watch
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Wait Wut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 10:23 AM
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54. Thank you for sharing.
It made me cry. What a beautiful young lady.
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Pisces Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 10:29 AM
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55. Absolutely beautiful.
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 10:52 AM
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57. Magnificent. K&R n/t
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dhill926 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 11:23 AM
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58. incredible........
thanks for this......
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 11:29 AM
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59. These nets are known as Walls of Death by environmentalists
It is not local communities' fishermen, but commercial fleets and "pirate" fishermen which continue using illegal "drift nets" -- nets more than 1.5 MILES long -- that create a "wall of death" in the ocean, trapping vast amounts of unwanted fish, marine mammals and seabirds along with their intended prey.

Bad enough when the illegal nets are deployed and then hauled back in to commercial boats, or "pirate" boats, but when approached by coast guard or other officials, the fishermen cut away the net to get rid of evidence.
The indestructible and INVISIBLE plastic/nylon nets, more than a mile long and maybe 25 feet deep, then float off into the ocean, carried by the currents. They are called by conservationists "Walls of Death," entangling and killing every living thing in their paths. They float for months or years, until the animals they have entangled finally weight down the net to the ocean floor, where the sealife is eaten by other sealife or rots and then the net starts drifting again. Picture a whole pod of whales or dolphins entangled and struggling. Scuba divers carry dive knives, not to fight off rampaging tropical fish, but to be able to cut themselves or their dive buddy free should they become entangled.

These nets were declared illegal because by killing ALL life in their paths, they destroy sustainable levels of fish for future fishing.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 11:32 AM
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60. Loved it -- thank you !!!
Edited on Sat Jul-16-11 11:43 AM by defendandprotect
Loved the response of the rescuers -- and the whale --

either of which could have been so frightened of one another that the rescue might

not have happened!!

Thankfully, it did -- !!

Loved seeing the "thank you" --


:)


PS: This is the way our lives are enriched --

not by dollar bills!
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 11:40 AM
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62. Fanfuckingtastic!
:woohoo: :bounce: Thanks for sharing!
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 11:40 AM
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64. Sustainable fishing - no gill nets - saves whales, dolphins, turtles, etc.


Between the years 1992-2002 there was a 21% increase in global consumption of seafood <15>. Over 1 billion people on the planet depend on fish as the main protein of their diet. Without sustainable fisheries, these communities would face economic crisis and hunger. Such a high demand for seafood around the world creates the need for industrial fishing techniques. The fishing industry supports about 200 million livelihoods including: fishermen, processing, packaging, transport, restaurants, and retail.

The Marine Stewardship Council was created in 1997 by two global organizations, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Unilever. The MSC is an organization that supports and rewards sustainable fisheries. The core standards are: sustainability of fish stocks, maintenance of ecosystem, and responsible management. Well managed fisheries make it possible for consumers to enjoy the variety of seafood we are accustomed to while maintaining adequate fish stocks to supply future generations of consumers. Sustainable fisheries have also developed fishing methods that eliminate, or greatly reduce, by-catch. Sustainable seafood products that are MSC certified are marked with a blue Eco label to make it easy for consumers to find these products. Buying products with these Eco labels not only support sustainable fisheries, but also protect fishing communities and employment opportunities.

CONSUMERS' GUIDE TO CHOOSING SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD

By choosing to eat sustainable seafood or asking restaurants where their fish come from, consumers influence retailers to adjust their supply. A major difference can be made to conserve the oceans resources if individuals make educated decisions on the kind of seafood they eat, where, and how it is harvested. There are many seafood guides, such as Seafood Watch, that point consumers in the direction of the best choices of seafood. These guides are divided into three categories that show the best, good alternatives, and worst choices in seafood and explain the degree to which each choice is environmentally friendly. Consumers decision to eat sustainable seafood supports a community of change in large scale fisheries methods. Hundreds of fisheries are taking the steps toward sustainable certification and these numbers increase with consumers demand for sustainable seafood.
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HowHasItComeToThis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 11:41 AM
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65. BRAVO
:toast: :toast: :toast: :toast: :toast: :toast:
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CleanGreenFuture Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 11:45 AM
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66. That was one happy whale at the end. I'm convinced it was equal measures of
elation, relief, and gratitude.

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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 12:26 PM
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68. Someone, please pass the tissues???
:cry:
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GCP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 12:40 PM
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69. That's a sentient being
How whalers can live with themselves is beyond me.
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anamandujano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 12:57 PM
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70. Those heroes will never have a "life is not worth living" moment.
They will always feel they were in the right place at the right time, the elation will be revisited a million times. Their lives have been transformed.

Nice legs too! :P
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libodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 02:36 PM
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75. OMG
Happy tears.
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MissDeeds Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 02:51 PM
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77. Absolutely awesome!
This brought me to tears, but in a good way. Thanks so much, madmom, for bringing this to our attention. It made my day!

Big K&R
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11 Bravo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 03:05 PM
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78. Wow ... just ... wow. Thanks for sharing this.
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 04:15 PM
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82. excellent story - thanks for sharing
but, who are the 65 people who disliked this video on youtube?
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 04:38 PM
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83. If that doesn't make your heart go thump
It's too late.

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mahina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 05:20 PM
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84. I needed that today!
Thank you!
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 07:28 PM
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88. Pure unadulterated JOY!. . thanks for posting!. . . . n/t
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kath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-11 11:44 PM
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89. Wow. Amazing! Thanks so much for posting this.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-17-11 07:51 PM
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90. KICK ... for those who didn't get to see this yet --- !!
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-17-11 09:02 PM
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91. another kick for the whales!
i love them :) i hope she made it back to her pod...
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