Humpback whale gives rescuers a poignant thank you

Humpback whale gives a series of waves and a "thumbs up" to its rescuers off Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Cicinho Barbosa
Humpback whale gives a series of waves and a “thumbs up” to its rescuers off Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Cicero Barbosa

A humpback whale cut free from a fishing net off the seaside resort of Mongagua in Sao Paulo, Brazil, found a touching way of saying thank you to its rescuers earlier this week.

Six fishermen in three boats noticed the humpback whale struggling and discovered it had rolled over a fishing net and became trapped.

The fishermen managed to get ahold of the net and started pulling it into a boat and cutting away the line from the whale.

Remarkably, once the whale was freed it didn’t simply swim off. Inside Edition has video that fisherman Cicero Barbosa captured of the whale saying thank you:

“I think it’s the third time I’ve seen a whale here, but the first time so close up,” Barbosa told Globo.com in Brazil. “The coolest thing was that I could help her.”

Equally as cool was the response from the humpback whale, which thanked the rescuers the only way it could: by waving and joining in with a big “thumbs up.”

Humpback whale gives a series of waves and a "thumbs up" to its rescuers off Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Cicinho Barbosa
Humpback whale gives a series of waves and a “thumbs up” to its rescuers off Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Cicero Barbosa

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