Posted on October 15th, 2011 in Beach Clean-up,From You-Articles/Tidbits/Gems,Outside Hong Kong by Kate Wade
Hi folks,
I recently received this email and though I don’t usually go for too much of this touch your heart type emails I did think this one was relevant to us and what we try to do and might emphasize the fact that there are a range of intelligent species on the planet- not just us- that they don’t have a voice and that we have to be that voice for them.
By the way- a big thank you for the volunteers from our last beach cleanup! There was about 100 of us cleaning the beach and from our numerous beach cleanups to date there was no doubt in my mind that this was the worst. The amount of rubbish was phenomenal and our data and figures were sent to combine with the beach cleanups around the world. I’ll get Tracey to add in some pictures and information.
Have a great midterm break for those of you with schoolies!


“…The Whale… If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spiderweb 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 and a line tugging in her mouth.


A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon 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 bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. 


When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them. 


Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same. 


May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you. And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude. 


I pass this on to you, my friends, in the same spirit.
Life is good.”

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