I have read stories similar to this before and am somewhat familiar with
opinions on consciousness and how scientist are careful not to anthropomorphize
(assign human emotions and charateristics) animal behavior. When it comes to being
kind to animals is it really necessary to prove empirically what seems plain as
day, and what one wants to see / allow / create? We feel good when they feel good,
big wheel keeps on turnin.
Moskito and three other divers spent about an hour cutting the ropes with a special
curved knife. The whale floated passively in the water the whole time, he said,
giving off a strange kind of vibration.
"When I was cutting the line going through the mouth, its eye was there winking
at me, watching me," Moskito said. "It was an epic moment of my life."
When the whale realized it was free, it began swimming around in circles,
according to the rescuers. Moskito said it swam to each diver, nuzzled him and
then swam to the next one.
"It seemed kind of affectionate, like a dog that's happy to see you," Moskito said.
"I never felt threatened. It was an amazing, unbelievable experience."