If you were trapped and set free by a stranger, how would you show your excitement and gratitude?

Begin this video aroud 3:25, and watch as the crew helps free the humpback whale, which has become entangled in a large fishing net. Struggling to free itself, the whale takes the boat on a ride before being cut loose. To show her thanks and excitement, the whale flips and splashes incessantly [6:20]–making over 40 full-body breaches, something typically unheard of during whale watches.

Humans have more in common with whales in terms of emotional intelligence than nearly any other living thing, and it’s moments like these that help remind us why nature isn’t just something worth fighting for, it’s something we’re a part of as much as our own human families and communities.