When you are a professional diver, you become accustomed to seeing things that most people never have the opportunity to see. Although you may be diving as a part of your work, when you look around at the sea life in front of you, it really can be remarkable. Most people never truly get accustomed to seeing these things and every once in a while, the ocean may have a surprise in store for you.
That was the case with James Moskito. He was working off of the coast of San Francisco near the Fallon Islands and was with a team of volunteers. That is when he saw a humpback whale come to the surface of the water and it didn’t look as if the whale was quite right. The whale stayed on the surface of the water, which is unusual for these gentle giants.
James describes the experience so that we can get a better idea of what was actually taking place. “The whale came up on a breath, came up, put its eye above the surface… looked at me, I could tell it was looking at me and it just stayed there.” that is when James put his hand above the eye of the whale and told him, “I’m here to help you, I’m not going to hurt you.” The funny thing is, it really seemed as if the whale understood what he was saying!
When he took a swim around the whale, he found something quite shocking. A 3000 pound anchor had become attached to the tail. It took hours of tireless work to free the whale from the line, which was 1 mile long. It took a long time, but the efforts were rewarded.
After being freed, the whale began doing circles around James and then it rubbed up against the volunteers before diving into the water again.
Watch this video to find out what the whale did next:
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