Dozens of whales get caught in fishing lines each year. When Jason Russey heard about a whale ensnared in several crab pot lines, he and a team of other divers jumped into the chilly waters off the Pacific Coast and swam to the humpback. Within inches from the giant creature, Jason began to cut the crab pot ropes from her body.
To Jason's surprise, the whale calmly looked him in the eye from just under the surface. Eventually the team successfully cut it free. But the whale didn't swim away. Instead, it encircled the divers and swam close by each one, stopping, Jason says, as if to say thank you. Jason talks with Janet Babin about the lasting memory of saving a forty-five foot whale.