Whale apparently shows gratitude after being rescued

December 5, 2018 • 3:30 pm

Well, I don’t know whether whales are grateful for being helped, but here’s a group of wonderful people who spent a lot of time cutting an exhausted humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) free from a nylon gill net. After they succeed, the whale breaches repeatedly. The narrator is sure that bespeaks gratitude, and who knows? But we should be grateful that people like this exist.

17 thoughts on “Whale apparently shows gratitude after being rescued

  1. WOW!That was WONDERFUL! Thank You so much for sharing the video! What was that about altruism? Not for our species, but for the whole planet. THAT is what makes some humans different.

  2. That is why we are here, so we can stop killing them and start saving them. Only people often contemplate the why are we here question. This is why.

  3. Gill nets are pure evil.

    They’re also terrifying if you encounter them while snorkelling. Pretty damned scary when you’re on tank, but at least you’ve got time to work when you’re on tanks.

  4. Something like this has happened to me, with a seabird. We were walking along a beach in northern New South Wales Australia when we saw a tern apparently in distress. When I slowly approached it it ran then stretched its wings to fly away. As it stretched its wings its head appeared to be pulled down and it tumbled over. This was repeated several times by the poor frantic bird. When I caught it I saw the poor creature had fishing line coming from its mouth and tangled around its left wing, cutting into it. We found a fisherman and used his knife to free the tern as much as we could (we could do nothing about the apparent hook down its gullet) and let it go.
    About 20 minutes later we were walking along a rock wall at the entrance to the Brunswick River, when I saw a tern hovering in the breeze right above us. I was fairly sure it was the same tern as it had a mark on the left wing in pretty much the same place as the fishing line was. It was staring straight at us. While we were looking it gave one definite call, still looking right at us, then flew away.
    I have never seen (or heard of) behaviour like this from a bird. In my mind it was showing gratitude. Obviouly I will never forget it.

  5. Very neat video.

    My somewhat fussy and diabetic dog often smiles/wags his tail after I give him his insulin shot. I like to think he knows it makes him feel better, which is why he’s such a great sport about it.

  6. No doubt the whale showed gratefulness, especially after having made eye contact with his life saviour. I also noted the coincidence of the name (Michael) FISHbach, with his profession WHALE observer.

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