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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday—Have A Heroic Week

The bravest people on Earth —First in a series


Photo by Whit Welles_on Wikipedia
HOW TO UNTANGLE A WHALE

"I helped them out, and I fell in love with it."   ---Capt. Mack Greene, Campobello Island Whale Rescue Team



In 1995 a guy named Mac Greene started a whale watching business in the Bay of Fundy, which in case you don't know, is located off of the northeastern coast of Maine just over the US/Canada border between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

It has the highest tides in the world, and because of its nutrient rich waters, the bay also provides the hunting and breeding grounds for 12 different species of whale, including the North Atlantic Right Whale, one of the rarest whales in the world.  There are only 350 of them left worldwide.

Captain Greene began working with a team of marine scientists who were studying the whales, and when a fin whale became tangled in a mass of fishing gear, he helped to cut it loose.  Fin whales are the second longest animal in existence (next to the Blue Whale) reaching 80 feet and weighing up to 74 tons.  

Rescuing any wild animal that is scared, trapped, and injured is a dangerous task, regardless of its size.  But, rescuing the world's largest creatures with sharp tools from an inflatable boat in a bay where the difference between high and low tide is the height of a 4-story building takes skill, experience, courage, and teamwork. 19 years later, Mac Greene is still part of the Campobello Island team who helps rescue the Fundy Bay whales.

To all of the brave people who have helped to save a whale...You are all heroes!

Campobello Island Whale Watching Cruises on facebook

Pirate's Cove Whale & Seabird Cruises on facebook

Great Whale Conservancy on facebook

Check out this amazing footage of a humpback whale jumping for joy after being freed from fishing nets in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico