November 21st, 2012
Once a year Americans gather around a seasonal feast to pause, reflect and give thanks. Appreciation for good fortune is expressed through sharing homes, food, or even by articulating personal successes or it could be worses to friends and family. But whales? Well, they cuddle.
California — December, 2005: A 50-ton humpback whale was found caught in nylon ropes in Farallon Islands, 18 miles outside of San Francisco. A braaaave team decided to execute a daring rescue operation: The only way to save the tangled whale was to dive into the water and cut the ropes, a delicate mission because one swoop of the whale’s fin was enough to knock out and even kill a dude. But this whale was a boss, and acted calm and patient.
James Moskito, one of the rescue divers explained, “When I was cutting the line going through the mouth, its eye was there winking at me, watching me. It was an epic moment of my life.”
According to Moskito and his fellow rescuers, when the whale realized it was free it began swimming around in circles. Moskito said it swam to each diver, nuzzled him, and then nuzzled the next. Because thankful whales cuddle.
Happy Thanksgiving, y’all. Nuzzle some fools.
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