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Saving Valentina: Watch This Amazing Whale Rescue Now

Watch this heartwarming and selfless rescue and Valentina giving gleeful thanks

This remarkable video of a team of people putting themselves at risk to rescue an entrapped young female humpback whale named Valentina in the Sea of Cortez is one of the most amazing animal rescues you'll ever see. 

Giving thanks and showing gratitude

I would like to write more but words only lessen what these wonderful humans from Earth Island's Great Whale Conservancy selflessly did for Valentina, and how she in turn playfully and gleefully thanked them for their efforts to save her life. The rescuers were sure Valentina knew that they were working hard to save her life, and after being released she joyfully swam around as if she were dancing and performed tail slaps and pectoral fin slaps. Her behavior can only be described as a display of deep gratitude for being rescued from certain death. 

The teaser image of a happy Valentina was taken from the video. 

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Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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