The Eye of the Whale is the true story of divers who rescued an entangled whale and what the whale did in return.

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A Rescue Story
Jennifer O'connell

Having had the personal and unforgettable experience of gazing into the grapefruit-size eye of a gray whale from about 8 feet away, I can attest to how utterly mind-blowing it must have been for the divers in this true story to have experienced what they experienced.

Off the coast of San Francisco, a distress call was radioed to shore about a 50-foot humpback whale caught in crab-trap lines and barely able to keep her blowhole above the surface to breathe. Knowing that sharks could get to her first, four divers, including dive master James, quickly formed a rescue crew and volunteered to do their best to free the huge creature.

''Untangling'' proved not to be an option; the ropes were digging into her skin. ''Cutting'' offered the only way to possibly extricate her, and so the 4 divers maneuvered as carefully and as unthreateningly as they could to get the job done quickly.

All the while, the whale watched everything they did. Without a moment to spare, they cut the last rope, freeing her. That would be thrilling enough for the divers! But then the whale swam to each of them, gave them a gentle nudge with her huge face, and came to the surface to look at James with her huge, beautiful eye, before finally plunging back into the dark sea.

This dramatic true story is yet another reminder that we are indeed all connected. Told in brief text, with illustrations that wonderfully contribute to the suspense of the event, this book will surely give you and your child chills and be one you turn to many times.

(Ages: 5 and up)

#34500 - Hardcover Book - 30 pgs
Our price $16.95

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