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Humpback Whale gives an Amazing Thank-you to Rescuers

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By Mindy Allan
Posted May 13, 2012 in Environment
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Humpback whales can be found in oceans and seas around the world, and typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres (16,000 mi) each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. During the winter, humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves. The species' diet consists mostly of krill and small fish.
Humpback whales are vulnerable to collisions with ships, entanglement in fishing gear, and noise pollution, excessive noise. They are referred to as "friendlies", approach whale-watching boats closely, often staying under or near the boat for many minutes. Because humpbacks are often easily approachable, curious, easily identifiable as individuals, and display many behaviors, they have become the mainstay of whale-watching tourism in many locations around the world.
With these facts, you will have a better understanding of the actions of a humpback whale on Valentines Day 2011 in the Sea of Cortez and the beauty of nature.
Michael Fishback of the "Great Whale Conservancy," who's aim is to protect the world's great whales and their habitat, had a chance one day to make a difference in the life of a humpback whale, that will never be forgotten. On a two month research study Michael along with his family film the rescue effort they made to free a humpback whale from a disaster, that would have died without intervention.
Michael and his family were treated to a thank-you by the whale, that not only shows the intelligence of humpbacks, but why they have been referred to as" friendlies." The rescue video seems to show that there is clear evidence that this whale knew what Micheal, and his family were trying do, but the actions of the animal seem to confirm it.
It is cases like this, hopefully it will serve as a reminder of why it is important to take care of our environment, and to make changes so that we can preserve "all" life that is contained within our mother earth.

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