22 Aug '12, 6am

Man Single-Handedly Saves Whale Trapped in Net

Man Single-Handedly Saves Whale Trapped in Net

Although the intricate messages conveyed within a whale's call are lost on human ears, there's a pretty good chance that at least one young humpback's song will be dedicated to a man named Peter Brown. Earlier today, the Queensland native and his wife were out enjoying a pleasant day of sailing off the coast of Brisbane, Australia when they spotted a young humpback whale that had become entangled in a shark net, so they alerted the authorities. As the minutes passed, however, it became clear that the animal was on the verge of death as it struggled to keep its blowhole above water. So, in classic heroic style, the brave 67 year old took matters into his own hands -- single-handedly freeing the whale with nothing more than a bit of true grit and a kitchen knife. "This whale was really wheezing and wasn't able to keep his breathing hole above the water. Something had to be d...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/brave-boater...

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