On her 32nd birthday, Gigi Torras from Mallorca, Spain had one of the most incredible experiences a marine biologist could ever dream of.
A woman helped rescue a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a banned fine mesh net.
Humpback whales appear off the coast of the Balearic Islands extremely rarely.
Therefore, when the whale was spotted by tourists on a boat passing by, its crew immediately reported this to biologists from the Palma de Mallorca Aquarium, who are involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of marine animals.
The exhausted animal was so entangled in the net that it could not even open its mouth. And the first attempts of biologists to save it were in vain.
But soon four professional divers arrived to help them. And they began to carefully cut the net all together.
At first, the whale was a little nervous because of the large number of people next to her. But then she calmed down and trusted her rescuers.
After 45 minutes, the beautiful sea creature was able to breathe and swim normally again.
“Call me crazy, but I think she knew that we approached her to help. So she was able to relax and let us cut the net,” a marine biologist said.
The whale shook off the remnants of the net, caught her breath a little, gathered her strength and swam away.
“When we finally released her, she remained in place for some time. Then she sailed away, and it was a cosmic feeling, just unbelievable. This moment was the best birthday present”, — admitted Gigi Torras.