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Would-Be Rescuer Feared Killed by Whale Tail Blow (even whales hate PETA)
Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | 6.16.03

Posted on 06/16/2003 11:18:55 AM PDT by mhking

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A New Zealand man trying to free a 50 foot humpback whale ensnared in lobster pot ropes is missing and presumed dead after being hit by the whale's tail, police said Monday.

The 38-year-old, who has not yet been named, had gone to the aid of a whale in waters near the popular whale-watching town of Kaikoura, 90 miles south of Wellington.

"He was trying to cut the rope free from the whale's tail and the whale lifted its tail and struck him," Kaikoura police Sergeant Tony Yardley told Reuters.

A four-hour search by boats and a helicopter found no sign of the man and he was presumed dead, Yardley added.

Several species of whale are attracted to the deep, food-rich waters off the coast of Kaikoura, which in turn attract large numbers of tourists to the region.


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1 posted on 06/16/2003 11:18:56 AM PDT by mhking
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To: mhking; Poohbah
Well, PETA ought to be happy with me:

All the veal I eat is dolphin-safe. :)
2 posted on 06/16/2003 11:25:32 AM PDT by hchutch ("If you donít win, you donít get to put your principles into practice." David Horowitz)
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To: mhking
Whale - 1

PETA Moron - 0

Proving once again, these people ain't necessarily the sharpest pencils in the holder.

3 posted on 06/16/2003 11:27:15 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Go Fast, Turn Left!)
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To: mhking
Sad...

It's almost like the whale is a wild animal and fails to appreciate the good this man was attempting to do??

Whales are supposed to be so much smarter than humans...can this whale be brought up on manslaughter charges? Is this a hate crime...did this whale practice species-ism? We need an investigation?

4 posted on 06/16/2003 11:27:24 AM PDT by Onelifetogive
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To: mhking
Whales version of "Whack a Mole".
5 posted on 06/16/2003 11:28:09 AM PDT by b4its2late (The Road Map to Peace is looking more like a "Road Map to Pieces".)
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To: mhking
The 38-year-old, who has not yet been named

let's just call him bob.

6 posted on 06/16/2003 11:29:27 AM PDT by glock rocks (remember -- only you can prevent fundraisers... become a monthly donor)
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To: glock rocks; hchutch; mhking
The 38-year-old, who has not yet been named

let's just call him bob.

No, it's obviously Greg Packer of Huntington, New York.

7 posted on 06/16/2003 11:31:35 AM PDT by Poohbah (I must be all here, because I'm not all there!)
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To: mhking
"This is truly a Whale of a Tail!"
8 posted on 06/16/2003 11:31:49 AM PDT by patriot_wes
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To: Poohbah
LOL!
9 posted on 06/16/2003 11:33:06 AM PDT by hchutch ("If you donít win, you donít get to put your principles into practice." David Horowitz)
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To: mhking
LOL...

10 posted on 06/16/2003 11:41:17 AM PDT by VaBthang4 (Could someone show me one [1] Loserdopian elected to the federal government?)
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To: glock rocks
ROTFLOL...
11 posted on 06/16/2003 11:41:38 AM PDT by VaBthang4 (Could someone show me one [1] Loserdopian elected to the federal government?)
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To: mhking
Greg Packer...or Pecker....or whoever that NYT "Man on the street" guy is.
12 posted on 06/16/2003 11:42:16 AM PDT by VaBthang4 (Could someone show me one [1] Loserdopian elected to the federal government?)
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To: Poohbah
ROTFLOL!!!
13 posted on 06/16/2003 11:42:35 AM PDT by VaBthang4 (Could someone show me one [1] Loserdopian elected to the federal government?)
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To: mhking
At least he died doing a good deed and working with the animals he loved. We should all be so lucky.
14 posted on 06/16/2003 11:54:18 AM PDT by CheezyD
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To: mhking
"He was trying to cut the rope free from the whale's tail and the whale lifted its tail and struck him,"...A four-hour search by boats and a helicopter found no sign of the man and he was presumed dead, Yardley added.

He's probably still going deeper after a shot like that.

15 posted on 06/16/2003 11:58:17 AM PDT by dirtboy (Not enough words in FR taglines to adequately describe the dimensions of Hillary's thunderous thighs)
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To: mhking
I didn't see a mention of PETA in the article. I might've attempted the same thing myself. The same as I would jump in a river or run into a burning house/barn to save my dog or horse or what not. Be a shame to stand there and watch the creature drown if you legitimately felt you could do something about it. I'll take a lesson from this fellow's predicament should the situation ever arise- don't get too close to the tail. Whale probably didn't even realize the guy was there or was panicked (as would we all be if we were busy drowning)...
16 posted on 06/16/2003 12:00:55 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: VaBthang4
As soon as I saw that he was 38 years old, I knew Greg was our man!
17 posted on 06/16/2003 12:09:20 PM PDT by Poohbah (I must be all here, because I'm not all there!)
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To: Prodigal Son
My thoughts too, Prodigal. We don't know it was PETA - probably just a case of no good deed going unpunished.
18 posted on 06/16/2003 12:16:35 PM PDT by Let's Roll (And those that cried Appease! Appease! are hanged by those they tried to please!")
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To: glock rocks
- Jonah -

- Hero or a whale's snack?
19 posted on 06/16/2003 12:20:57 PM PDT by autoresponder (SOME CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH...)
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To: autoresponder
"- Jonah - - Hero or a whale's snack? "

Both - Heroic Whale Snack

20 posted on 06/16/2003 12:45:15 PM PDT by DannyTN (Note left on my door by a pack of neighborhood dogs.)
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To: mhking
Reminds me of the tree-hugger who was killed by a falling tree.

It proves that God exists--and has a great sense of humor!

--Boris

21 posted on 06/16/2003 1:14:48 PM PDT by boris
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To: patriot_wes
"This is truly a Whale of a Tail!"

Nah, it's just a fluke.

22 posted on 06/16/2003 1:15:31 PM PDT by boris
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To: Onelifetogive
Whales are supposed to be so much smarter than humans...can this whale be brought up on manslaughter charges? Is this a hate crime...did this whale practice species-ism? We need an investigation?

Nothing that sinister ... they were just playing football and the whale told the guy to go deep...

23 posted on 06/16/2003 1:17:26 PM PDT by dirtboy (Not enough words in FR taglines to adequately describe the dimensions of Hillary's thunderous thighs)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
"Hold muh beer 'n watch this!" PING....

If you want on or off this list, please let me know!

25 posted on 06/16/2003 3:15:04 PM PDT by mhking
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To: mhking
poor guy was 38 and didn't have a name yet... call him ismail, and perhaps the fact that the oceans are dying is because the whales are out to get us....
26 posted on 06/16/2003 4:48:18 PM PDT by teeman8r
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