Freeing Humpback Valentina

Whales – especially curious juvenile whales – are getting caught in fishing gear around the globe.

Photo credit: abc.net.au

Fishing gear wrapped around whale fluke (tail). Photo credit: abc.net.au

When they get in trouble, whales are coming to people for help.

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Two Sydney, Australian fisherman help a Southern Right whale. Photo credit: stuff.co.nz

A Humpback whale named Valentina got tangled up in fishing net in the Gulf of California, and five rescuers spent a couple hours freeing her.

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Volunteers working to free Valentina. Photo credit: youtube.com

In return for her freedom, Valentina expressed her gratitude and pure joy by breaching (jumping out of the water) 40 times, as well as many tail and pectoral fin slaps, and a lot of tail waving.

Valentina breaching. Photo credit: sea-media.org

Valentina breaching. Photo credit: sea-media.org

Whales are very intelligent mammals; it’s time for Japan, Iceland, Denmark and Norway to stop killing them because whales intend us no harm.

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Flocculent fecal plumes fertilizing the sea. Photo credit: dailymail.co.uk

The awesome filter feeding whales with their vast flocculent fecal plumes (their poop) rich in iron and nitrogen are fertilizing the oceans and rebuilding the lost 40 percent phytoplankton that the fossil fuel-driven climate crisis has created. Phytoplankton is the base of the entire marine food web and it provides each earthling with almost three out of every four breaths of oxygen.

Minke whale breaching. Photo credit: wildwhales.org

Minke whale breaching. Photo credit: wildwhales.org

Whales are helping humanity fight the climate crisis.

The largest living creatures on Earth -- The majestic blue whale. Photo credit: itravel-cabo.com

The largest living creatures on Earth — The majestic Blue whale. Photo credit: itravel-cabo.com

#LoveNature is the solution

Dr Reese Halter - #LoveNature
Earth Dr Reese Halter is the author of “Shepherding the Sea: The Race to Save Our Oceans.”

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One Response to Freeing Humpback Valentina

  1. Mary Finelli says:

    Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Fishing harms so many animals who, like whales, need and deserve our protection. All of the nutrients derived from animals/animal products can be obtained more healthfully, humanely and environmentally responsibly from plant sources.

    If you eat seafood, please opt exclusively for the many marvelous vegan versions there are of virtually every type of seafood imaginable. They’re better for us, for the other animals, and for the environment. They’re also delicious! Google: vegan seafood resources.

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