“The Whale Said Thankyou!”

December 9, 2009

The Whale Said “Thank You”

“If you read a recent front page story of the SF Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web 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, 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 ~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.

A good friend passed this story along to me and I just loved it. It made me think of all the people out there who are “weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps” …

like the trap of the ever increasing cost of living in the USA and Canada, like the trap of higher and higher taxes each year and like the trap of horrible weather and the related hydro/electric or gas or oil costs associated with the bad weather.

It seems that more and more of my friends in the USA and Canada are struggling to stay afloat.

Well, help is on the way if that’s how you feel.

You don’t have to radio me for help to free you… but if you send me an e mail I can react in just a few hours, like the rescue team above to dive in and untangle things and help you understand everything you need to know about our little slice of paradise here at Lake Chapala Ajijic, Mexico.

I promise to work for hours to find you just the right home at the right price so you will be as happy as a whale swimming in joyous circles you will be so happy to be free from the “traps” up North to live a well deserved comfortable life here at Lake Chapala Ajijic, Mexico.

You Can Do It !   I Can Help ! Sid@ChapalaClub.com

  • Joan Wright (in Canada)

    What a wonderful story and a wonderful experience for those guys who were there – it brought tears to my eyes. I bet they will never forget it. Thanks for sharing this

  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Joan, Glad you liked the story. I love these kinds of stories too. Sid

  • http://VideosofChapala Betty Wheeler

    Hi Sid!
    Thanks for the beautiful story. I love animals and stories of animals. This is a wonderful one and thank you for sharing it with us. Betty

  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Betty, Thanks for your kind words. Sid

  • melisa lua

    Great story, great place there in Chapala.

    Recently we formed a non-profit mexican organization to help the street kids. We need a place that we can rent or buy. We hope to have only 20 kids in a casa/hogar because we want it to be a family and not an institution.

    We have just been donated land in Mazatlan also. Can you help us find a place to start there in Chapala? I know that there is a boy’s home and a Villa for infants nearby and a casa/hogar on Pedro Moreno, but I saw a great need and have been assured by the Mexican Government that girls who are unwed and boys over 12 still are homeless.

    We have one contact person in Chapala. Victor Pelayo.

    Any help that you could provide to have a donated space or a place that we could rent or a place that we could rent to buy would be fantastic. We also would like to have a place where those who want to come and donate time and labor could stay…like a house with a mother-in-law house.


  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Melisa, Thanks for your compassionate post. Yes, we have several places similar to what you describe. Some in rural settings and some right in Chapala like the “Love in Action” folks.

    I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for a place like you describe. The North Americans here have big hearts, but the need is also very large.

    If your organization can get started pr is already started with some form of certification from the Mexican Government and has some headquarters with a telephone and or an internet connection (even a corner of your bedroom… not necessarily in Mexico even) the next step would be to get an Internet site up.

    Why all this first. Simple: You can reach millions of people this way and get your story of hope and help out to the world.

    Keep me informed of your progress by e mail to Sid@ChapalaClub.com. I can help some with occasional articles about your organization on ChapalaClub.com if you can get a facility here at Lake Chapala.

    If I learn anything about a possible site in our area I’ll pass the information along.

    You and your group are in my prayers. Siempre tu amigo, Sid

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