A juvenile humpback whale entangled in fishing gear off the Northern California coast was cut free after a four-day effort to rescue the animal. The whale was first spotted near Moss Landing in Monterey County last week with its upper jaw deformed and a flipper immobilized by fishing gear.
A team cut the whale free of the line on Monday and it was able to swim away. Officials said the prognosis for the whale appeared to be good.
Sometimes the animals’ curiosity, particularly juveniles, can get them into trouble. Fortunately, due to rescue efforts like this one, they’re often saved. And, sometimes, the whale is so thankful, it displays what seems to be an expression of gratitude.
Watch this video to see the fabulous happy ending that a humpback whale named Valentina was able to enjoy after becoming entangled in nets that dragged her 15 feet below the surface. Seeing her free in the wild, dancing beside her rescuer’s boat, is a far more dazzling show than anyone can ever see at a marine amusement park.
The hour-long rescue was edited down to eight minutes for the video which ends with a montage of the majestic animal jumping out of the water. You can also hear the observation of a young girl who observed the event: “Mommy, I know what she’s doing. She’s showing us that she’s all free.”