Joby Rohrer and his family were enjoying a day of diving off the coast of Lanai, Hawaii when they spotted something that made them change their plans. There, in the water not far from them, was a massive whale shark. Wrapped around her was a large rope, strangling her body.
The family thought for a long time before deciding to take action. Ultimately, they felt it was a question of responsibility.
“I’m thinking there’s no way I’m gonna get through that rope — it’s so fat. Then [my wife] Kapua was saying, ‘Well, you should try!’ But I was thinking if I get close to that animal and touch it, I don’t want to startle the animal. I don’t want to stress the animal out. I don’t want to make it bolt.”
With scars around its body where the rope had clearly been cutting into its skin, Joby and wife Kapua Kawelo – who work on protecting endangered species for the O’ahu Army Natural Resources Program – felt they had no choice but to step in.
“We waited a long time to consider what our responsibility was … We know that people don’t necessarily encourage this type of thing, but both of us are biologist. We felt like we were sort of in tune with what the animal was doing and maybe we were meant to be there.”
Joby swam down to the whale shark, which was in 30 to 40 feet of water, with a 4-inch dive knife. With the help of their son and a wildlife control manager for Pulama Lana’i, they managed to cut the rope away through several dives and without any breathing equipment.
The 150-pound rope, a piece of improperly discarded fishing equipment, was literally cutting into the gentle giant and Joby’s heroic actions had saved the whale shark’s life.
“That’s a good example of [how] the things that we discard can destroy beautiful animals like that so easily.”
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Police Officer Pulls Over To Play Catch With Boy Throwing Football Alone
This is going to be one of the sweetest things you’ll see today!
Most of the time, people rely on surveillance cameras to catch unwanted activity on their property. However, a South Carolina family’s security camera recently caught a touching act of service by a local Summerville police officer, who is now being praised for his good deed.
These days kids are usually playing their video games and as for the grown-ups, well, they are pretty busy with life to grab a football and toss it around. But that being said, there are still some kids who love to head outside to play.
‘Look Maggie, I’m Walking!’ Toddler With Spina Bifida Proudly Tells Dog His Achievement
Way to go, Roman!
In what might just be the sweetest viral video of all time, a toddler with Spina Bifida can be seen learning how to walk and showing off his newfound skill to his dog. The way he proudly shouts his accomplishments to his beloved pup is a guaranteed heart-melter.
Two-year-old Roman Dinkel has defied the odds by learning how to walk. The young boy was diagnosed with spina bifida, myelomeningocele L3-S2, on his 20-week ultrasound. Spina Bifida is a birth defect of the spine and spinal cord and causes an inability or difficulty to walk.
Runner With Broken Leg Crawls On Bleeding Knees To Finish Relay
This is so hard to watch.
A Japanese runner fell and fractured her leg with just 200 yards to go of her 2.2mile stage of a relay marathon in Fukuoka, Japan. But instead of giving up, Rei Iida bravely crawled to her personal finish line where she successfully passed her sash to her teammate.
The shocking scene was recorded at the Princess Ekiden All-Japan Inter-Company Women’s qualifying race in Japan’s Fukuoka Prefecture. In the video, the runner can be seen running normally in the race before her accident. She can then be seen crawling on the road with her knees bleeding as she makes her way to the next runner.