Samaritan Knife Use: Snorkeler saves entangled whale.

This video isn’t the newest thing out there, the event happened about 5 years ago, but this is the first time I have seen it. (RF forwarded me the link). Very impressive act on the part of the rescuers. If you haven’t watched it through yet, do so before making the jump so I don’t spoil the ending…(jump to 6:24 if you are in a hurry)

A couple of thoughts that stuck with me. First, I can’t believe that there was only 1 knife on the boat between them. Even when I am in my little drift boat on a TN river I have probably 4 knives at a minimum between my boat, bags, and person.

I know that these folks were out with the purpose of photographing whales, so this wasn’t a dramatic change in course for them. I would like to think that if I were a vacationing saltwater angler I would have participated in this even if it meant giving up fishing time that I had paid for. I have heard of similar things happening on a smaller scale to some saltwater guides I know.

Finally, I am not normally one to attribute much complex emotion to animal actions. However, watching the great creature literally dance on the water is a pretty powerful optic. I believe that in this instance the whale was acting quite consciously. As the narrator attested, the whale could have panicked and wrecked the boat or killed the diver. But it remained calm and let them help.

And then it celebrated its freedom. Cool stuff.

(h/t RF via ImpressiveThings)


  1. John F. MacMichael says:

    Thank you, that was a very moving video. Seeing that whale rejoicing in her freedom was amazing.

    I also had much the same reaction as you did to the narrator saying they had only one knife. What the hell? Out at sea, I would want at least one knife per person plus other tools. Nevertheless, God bless them for rescuing that whale.

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