An expert diver named James Moskito was helping with a group of volunteers at the Farallon Islands near San Francisco.
At the top of the water, he saw a humpback whale acting strangely.
As James kept watching the whale, it became more and more clear that something was wrong. Most of the time, whales only come to the surface for a short time to breathe.
The whale breathed, raised its head, lifted one eye out of the water, and then turned to face me. James said, “It just stayed there, and I could tell it was looking at me.”
James decided to swim over to the whale and talk to it.
He touched the creature’s eye and said, “I’m here to help you.” I won’t hurt you in any way.
James then swam around to the other side of the whale, where he saw something that shocked him.
The whale’s tail was tied to an anchor that weighed 3,000 pounds.
James and the other brave divers worked for hours to free the beautiful animal from the mile-long chain that was wrapped around it and pull it down.
After a lot of hard work, the team finally got what they wanted.
As it went around James, the whale started moving in a figure-eight pattern.
Then, as if to show its appreciation, it touched him.
Do you ever wonder how whales can breathe while they sleep? Unlike people, humpback whales must remember to breathe even when sleeping.
Animal Planet says that when whales sleep, they probably turn off half of their brains at a time so they can stay awake enough to breathe.
I can’t believe how hard and determined these men were to save this beautiful animal.
Some people might find it strange that James talked to the whale. But whales have feelings and might understand more than we think.
According to study from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, whales have the same types of brain cells as humans and primates that help them process emotions.
Because of this, we know for sure that the humpback whale was grateful for all the help it got. If you agree, please tell others about this great way to help animals!