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Diver Frees Tangled Whale Using Nothing But Knife And His Bare Hands

While sailing with his friend off the coast of the Canary Islands, a man named César Espino spotted a tangled whale just below the surface.

Equipped with nothing more than a knife and a pair of goggles, Espino dove into the water to assist the struggling whale.

Facebook/Aridani Gonzalez Padron

Facebook/Aridani Gonzalez Padron

The rope, which one report said was an illegal fishing net, wasn't just holding the whale in place. It had also been digging through his skin, which in the past has even caused some whales to lose their tails.

Facebook/Aridani Gonzalez Padron

Facebook/Aridani Gonzalez Padron

Between cutting away at the thick rope and trips to the surface for air, Espino took over an hour to free the whale.

Facebook/Aridani Gonzalez Padron

Facebook/Aridani Gonzalez Padron

Eventually, Espino succeeded, and the whale was cut loose.

The video, which has been shared over 30,000 times in just one day, shows the whale giving Espino a ride the moment his tail is free.

Facebook/Aridani Gonzalez Padron

Facebook/Aridani Gonzalez Padron

It's unclear from the video whether the rope was completely removed or a piece of it still remained attached to the tail.

Either way, the whale is now free to swim wherever he pleases, thanks to Espino's bravery and compassion.

While taking matters into your own hands is brave, if you find a tangled whale, it's best to contact the professionals. Here's a directory of local rescue teams throughout the United States.

Watch the full video below.