Trapped Humpback Whale Freed From Fishing Net Near California


A humpback whale ensnared in a fishing net along the California coast was freed Saturday after two days of dogged attempts by rescuers to cut it loose.

A rescue team with SeaWorld finally cut away more than 230 feet of rope wrapped in around the adult whale’s mouth, fins and tail, liberating it near La Jolla Cove in San Diego.

The distressed whale was first spotted 45 miles south of Los Angeles on Friday afternoon, entangled in what appeared to be lobster traps from mouth to tail.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration crew attempted a rescue Friday, but only managed to slice away about 100 feet of netting before the spooked whale retreated to deeper waters.

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SOURCE: New York Daily News, Nicole Hensley