The Eye of the Whale: A Rescue Story

The Eye of the Whale A Rescue Story On a cool December morning near San Francisco a distress call was radioed to shore by a local fisherman He had discovered a humpback whale tangled in hundreds of yards of crab trap lines struggling

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  • Title: The Eye of the Whale: A Rescue Story
  • Author: Jennifer O'Connell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • On a cool December morning near San Francisco, a distress call was radioed to shore by a local fisherman He had discovered a humpback whale tangled in hundreds of yards of crab trap lines, struggling to stay afloat A team of volunteers answered the call, and four divers risked their lives to rescue the enormous animal It was the first successful whale disentanglement peOn a cool December morning near San Francisco, a distress call was radioed to shore by a local fisherman He had discovered a humpback whale tangled in hundreds of yards of crab trap lines, struggling to stay afloat A team of volunteers answered the call, and four divers risked their lives to rescue the enormous animal It was the first successful whale disentanglement performed off the West Coast of the United States and prompted a rare and remarkable demonstration of animal behavior.As people found out about the event, questions arose Did the whale help the divers by staying still and calm as they cut the lines or was she just exhausted Was the whale full of joy after being freed or did she swim in circles to stretch out her huge body after being tied up for so long How do we explain the whale nudging all the divers, then looking directly at them The divers said that this was one of the most fantastic moments of their lives This celebrated story, beautifully depicted in Jennifer O Connell s mesmerizing paintings, will make you wonder about animal emotions and the unique connections we can have with other animals, even whales.To research The Eye of the Whale, Jennifer traveled to San Francisco where she met Captain Mick Menigoz and rode his rescue boat, Superfish, out into the Pacific Ocean to the area where the events in the book took place This experience fueled her inspiration as she created the images and words of this extraordinary story.

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    1. This is a charming book, especially since it is true. A boat captain in San Francisco saw a whale tangled up in a huge number of crab lines He radio'd the shore who sent a group out to do something, if possible. One was a master diver who had never been around whales before. It is told from his point of view. He got into the water and the whale kept watching him. After they finally got all the lines off, the whale swam a circle around all of them and then gently nudged each one before heading ou [...]

    2. A whale is trapped by fishing line and several divers coordinate efforts to free her. The story is told simply enough for early elementary school students to understand and appreciate. Adult readers will want to read the endnotes to enrich discussion with young readers -- the act of freeing a whale from fishing lines is incredibly dangerous and the divers risked their lives in cutting the lines. An excellent nonfiction read aloud. Perfect for students in grade 1.

    3. I enjoyed this book. It brought a tear to my eye. I believe it is a true story as well. This good would make a great earth day read. There could be discussion about how the whale was in the situation and what responsibilities we have as humans to our earth.

    4. Two time winner of the Christoper Award, Jennifer O'Connell, has written and illustrated a true story about a whale tangled in hundreds of yards of fishing lines. The story takes place in San Francisco in December of 2005. A team of volunteers, including four divers, try to help in this dangerous task of rescuing the enormous animal. The story about the results and the reaction of the whale to the volunteers is an amazing tale. The author carefully researched this factual event and gives details [...]

    5. A wonderful book for children to teach them the fate of whales when pollution hurts them. Pictures are realistic.

    6. Amazing! The divers got in the water even though they had no idea what they were getting into. (Ha ha! Get it?)

    7. A non-fiction narrative based on the true story of a whale saved by divers from the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA, a one-of-a-kind facility that has led the way for similar marine rescue and rehabilitation facilities around the world (marinemammalcenter/ You can take tours and there are kid-friendly workshops and activities there.). The story begins with an extremely large whale severely entangled all the way around in fishing ropes - 13 miles outside the Golden Gate. The Marine Mammal C [...]

    8. Eye of the Whale tells the touching story of a a group of divers experience rescuing a tangled whale. Because it was the first whale disentanglement off the West Coast it came as huge news to the people of San Francisco and surrounding areas. The rescue was so rewarding to the divers who risked their lives to save a whales. The book I chose to pair with Eye of the Whale is Charlotte's Web by E.B. White and Garth Williams. This is a story that every child loves! Like the whale rescue story, Charl [...]

    9. A fisherman sees a whale trapped in fishing rope and calls in for help. A team of divers go out to try and save the trapped animal. This book is very good in showing that there is good in the world, that this actually happened makes it even more of a great book. The thing is, those people may have been kind enough to save the whale, but it was humanities fault to begin with. The whale would have never needed saving if we didn't throw stuff like ropes and trash in the ocean. All that aside, this [...]

    10. Divers rescue a whale caught in crab lines. The whale is at risk because it is caught. The divers are at risk because the whale is so big it could accidentally injure them as they try to save it.

    11. I was so relieved to see a Children's book that wasn't extremely bizarre or littered with subtly perverted drawings. Apparently this is based on a true story; very sweet, and the illustrations are pretty.

    12. This true story is inspiring to animal and ocean lovers. The illustrations are captivating and help to tell the story of a trapped whale being freed in a beautiful way. I appreciate Jennifer O'Connell's use of appropriate higher-level vocabulary words, which readers could discuss and learn.

    13. Wonderful for all who love animals.I saw this book when I was looking for books on unusual animal friendships. We are not the only species that has the capacity to love and care for animals in trouble. This is. perfect for my growing library.

    14. A whale is trapped in crab lines. Divers cut the cords that ensnare the whale and watch in wonder as she thanks each of them with a gentle nudge before swimming off. Very pretty illustrations along with short text make this an easy read.

    15. A giant humpback whale is entangled in ropes from crab traps, and it's a race against time to save her. Based on a true story, this is a great humane education resource for discussions about whales and the import of the animals we share our world with.

    16. I love reading about true stories! This is a great story about a whale rescue in the San Fransisco Bay, as always I like to read the authors notes at the back. It just adds to the amazing story. It also has links on how you can use this book in a classroom setting. Great Non-Fiction Narrative!

    17. Makes you want to cry. Simple story. Divers cut lines trapping a whale. She thanks them by gently nudging them to the surface. Good for children to read to themselves. Easy language.

    18. Beautiful. The little girl in me who dreams of having birds and critters flock to me when I sing (like a Disney princess) loves that this encounter with wildlife was based in truth.

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