Whale Stays by Trapped Buddy Until She's Rescued
And then performs spectacular jump when she's freed
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2013 8:49 AM CDT
File photo of a humpback whale.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

(Newser) – Shortly into a whale-watching trip off the coast of Nova Scotia Sunday, tour guides learned of a whale in distress. The humpback, known as Foggy, was tangled up in fishing line and couldn't lift her tail, so Pirate's Cove Whale and Seabird Cruises called the Campobello Whale Rescue Team. When the team of volunteers arrived, Foggy was no longer moving—but she had a friend by her side, another humpback known as Grommet, who refused to leave as rescuers worked to free Foggy, the Chronicle Herald reports.

At first, rescuers were worried. "Sometimes other whales do interfere thinking we’re going to do more harm than good," one of the volunteer rescuers explains. But Grommet was patient for 45 minutes, and as soon as Foggy was finally loose, Grommet performed a spectacular jump. It certainly seemed as if "she was pleased to see her buddy free," says the rescuer. Adds one of the tour guides on Facebook, "I will challenge anyone who claims that humans are the only intelligent, empathetic animals. Grommet never left Foggy’s side." (A new smartphone app could help keep whales safe.)

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Oct 5, 2013 2:08 AM CDT
If we would conclude that we have power over nothing on earth we are all the same and stop killing animals
Oct 4, 2013 6:16 PM CDT
The list. Out of the millions of animal species in history... Top 12 Smartest Animals ever on Earth: 12. Portia Labiata Jumping Spider 11. Raccoon 10. Rats 9. Ravens & Crows 8. Dogs (namely, The Border Collie) & Cats (namely, The American Shorthair) 7. Rhesus Macaque Monkey 6. North Pacific Giant Octopus 5. African Grey Parrot 4. Elephants 3. Capuchin Monkey 2. Dolphins (namely, Bottlenose) & Whales 1. Apes (namely, Chimpanzee and Gorilla... oh, and those pesky ole humans too).
Oct 4, 2013 5:58 PM CDT
Wow!!! what?! this whale saw 'Orca' too?!