When this family made the decision to intervene, they knew that there were so many things that could have gone wrong.
As researchers and their family were touring the Sea of Cortez off the coast of Baja, California, they spotted a young humpback whale that appeared to be in some significant distress.
As they approached the whale, they realized that she was severely entangled in a large nylon net. Although she could breathe, she could barely move.
After much debate, co-director of The Great Whale Conservancy, Michael Fishbach, slipped into the water and cautiously swam within a foot of the gentle giant's eye.
See the full rescue on the next page!