Humpback Whale Rescue! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

Coming up, a daring Humpback whale rescue
mission in Mexico! Welcome to Jonathan Bird’s Blue World! Humpback whales are among the largest animals
on Earth. They roam all the oceans, making massive migrations
between warm, tropical water where they give birth to their young, and colder waters where
they feed on more abundant food like small fish and krill. But while the Humpback is a mighty creature,
it is not invincible. Humpbacks are regularly injured and killed
due to human causes such as pollution, ship strikes and the most deadly: fishing gear
entanglement. It’s September, 2017. The Blue World team is boarding the live-aboard
dive boat Sea Escape in Ensenada, Mexico for an adventure filming Great White sharks at
Guadalupe Island, 150 miles offshore. We depart and begin a 12 hour run to the island. Within a few hours, divers Kitty Edwards and
Jamie Mathison have spotted something unusual. So we were up on the top deck talking about
marine debris and ocean conservation, and looking for whales. And all the sudden I look out and I see an
orange buoy. I saw a splash around it and some gray, it
looked like it could have been a whale. Told the rest of the group and we looked out
at it for a minute, and low and behold it actually was a whale that was entangled in
some marine debris. To get a closer look, I run to the top deck
with my camera. Zooming in, I can clearly see a whale pulling
a buoy. Looks like he is dragging a longline or something
with a buoy and there’s a bunch of kelp on it. Has he come up to breathe? Yeah. To get a better view of the situation, we
launch our drone. Don’t lose it, don’t lose it! From a high vantage point, we can see that
the whale is dragging a lot of rope, two buoys and a bunch of kelp that has been snared on
the buoy. There is no way this whale will be able to
feed dragging this much stuff. It will surely die a slow death of starvation. Our divemaster Benjamin Fernandez Olivari
has a daring plan. He calls another nearby dive boat, the Solmar
V, for assistance, and they send over some of their crew in a small fast boat, called
a panga. They pick up Benjamin and two other crew members,
and set out for the whale. When they get close, Benjamin jumps into the
water with a knife to cut the rope. The whale doesn’t understand what is happening
and speeds up. Things are quickly getting dangerous. It was a little bit scary man to be honest
with you because at first I started climbing on the line and she got scared, she started
pulling on me. Like a Nantucket Sleigh Ride from the whaling
days, Benjamin is hanging on while the whale pulls him through the water. I was holding on to the line of the buoy and
as the whale pulls forward, what happens is that you get taken underneath the surface. So I really couldn’t breathe many times,
so I said OK, now I have to pull down the line and go all the way down to cut it because
if I just hold on to this, what’s going to happen is that I’m not going to be able
to breathe. So if I can’t breathe I’ll have to let
go. So I rode it for a while like that until I
noticed that there was nothing I could do because her tail was right underneath me. So I didn’t want to be in the way of the
tail if she got scared. This is dangerous. She dragged me for a while until I noticed
that she was not going to stop and I was not going to reach the place I had to, so I let
it go. We just decided to follow the whale side by
side with the panga for a while so we could see if she was going to let us do it, if she
was not going to let us do it, see what’s what, you know? When you are in the water with an animal that
size, in a panga, with a bunch of people, you need to be careful, you know, we don’t
want to hurt anybody. The fact of the matter is that people have
been killed attempting to rescue whales from entanglement. These animals are huge and powerful, and do
not always understand what is happening. But in spite of the danger and frustration,
the team tries again. And soon, they succeed in cutting the rope,
freeing the whale from the buoys and kelp slowing it down. I’ve seen this on-line a million times. And I always think, what would I do if I got
caught in a situation like that? You never know man, because everybody always
says “oh I would have done that, I wouldn’t have done this” and you never know what
you are going to do until you get put into a situation like that, in a limit situation. So, gladly everything went well man, and we
reacted the way we were supposed to. With the whale safe and free, the crew of
the Solmar V return to their boat as heroes. And this marine debris will never endanger
another whale. We’re a few hours late arriving at Guadalupe
to dive with the sharks, but everyone on our boat agrees that it was for a great cause,
saving the life of a Humpback whale.

100 thoughts on “Humpback Whale Rescue! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

  1. EPIC! Just Epic! You all, the people of both ships that helped out, are Legends!
    It is good to hear about a good news in life amidst of all the news about sad happenings and war that we find on our televisions every single day.
    Thanks for the Brilliant video, Jonathan and Team.

  2. What an amazing rescue Jonathan! I'm glad the whale turned out ok.
    Did you still get to see those sharks though? If you didn't, that's fine………….

  3. Hi Jonathan, I love all your videos, but for this one, is there any reason you didn't show the actual footage of them cutting the line from the whale? It was an unexpected jump cut between the process of rescue and them coming back to the boat that I haven't come to expect from your videos. I can only assume it was due to drone troubles, which by the way, was an excellent way to show the action in this video! Thanks!

  4. Jonathan, could you please do an episode about oceanic sunfish. They rarely filmed and it would give a nice variety to your series

  5. 00:37 im seeing this shot for the xth time now, and im still not sure if that whale wanted to greet you or kill you with his fin.

  6. Hey Jonathan,
    Can you tell me why the actual cutting part wasnt recorded. Did the drone die?
    Just curious because when i saw 7:16 i was like: "Wow thats the most suspicious cut ive ever seen"

  7. The sad thing is that when someone tries to help a whale and die while doing it the whale gets blamed when really it's the people who throw garbage into the ocean's fualt

  8. A big size of world thanks ? to that wonderful great heart ❣ MAN that
    freeing and helpless whale ? . All I can say thanks to this kind of people in the world ?

  9. Hi, I've seen you before last year you were in San Francisco. You were showing us 3 videos and when a lot of people were there I asked a question and you answered it. I was in a class. Go on more lots more avengers!!!!

  10. The humpback is my favorite animal, and it saddens me that things like this happen to them but it makes my happy that people around the world are saving them every day???

  11. There's no end to the damage that humans do to this planet, if they aren't killing themselves they even have to take part in ridding our oceans of these beautiful creatures, and in most cases it's through stupidity like this video shows us.

  12. Why no footage of freeing the whale and cutting the junk from it? That was what I was waiting for. Why was it edited out?

  13. I remember watching a video about diving with the white sharks. I remember Jonathan saying they had to stop by to help the whale. He didn't show the footage for he cut that part of the video I think.

  14. See, at least there are some nice people like John! EDIT: appears that someone else said something like this in the comments and it’s another YouTuber!

  15. Love Whales and wish all can be saved. Salut to the brave men. Pity the freeing moment was not recorded. The music was nerve racking though.

    BLESS MAN AN BEAST..?????????

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