Are you a fan of the super-star author James Patterson?
I’ve only read a couple of his books, but I had the thrill to hear him speak this week at a sold out luncheon supporting the Library Foundation for Sarasota County. I’ll tell you more about his wonderful lecture for my Wednesday blog, but for this morning’s Sunday Inspiration, I’d like to share a story he told at the end of his talk that touched him deeply — and me as well.
The heroic attempt to save a female humpbacked whale was all over the news in late 2005. Just off the California coast a fisherman spotted the whale wrapped in hundreds of pounds of fishing nets, crab traps, and ropes.
Unable to swim and slowly sinking, the whale was doomed unless someone came to her rescue. So the fisherman with help from his friends, began the slow, arduous, and dangerous work of cutting the whale free one line at a time before she drowned.
It took hours for the rescue team to free the whale, which weighed about 50 tons with a length of 45 to 50 feet. But the best part of the story is that once she was freed, the whale swam in circles in what seemed like joy around the exhausted group, and then she swam up to each one of them and gave them a nudge, as if the whale was thanking them for her rescue. Here are some photos of the event with a link to a video.
What an incredible story told by an incredible story teller. It’s a reminder for me that we are all part of this amazing planet of ours and that every single part of our world is precious beyond measure. I give thanks for those who risk so much to protect and preserve this sacred creation.
What is something in nature that is especially sacred for you?