Humpback Whale Free After 19-Day Rescue Effort

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) - Marine biologists managed to free a humpback whale that had become entangled with a steel rope attached to a 300-pound crab trap.

KSBW-TV reports that the whale was freed Thursday off the coast of Santa Barbara after it was found on April 27 in Monterey Bay dragging the heavy fishing gear.

Rescue efforts began on April 28, when a team of marine biologists found the whale and began working to cut it free.

The heavy crab pot was preventing the whale from diving to feed.

Strong winds and 10-foot seas in April forced the crew to shore before they could finish, but they were able to place a satellite tracker on the creature.

On Thursday, the team caught back up with the whale and managed to cut away the rope completely.

___


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KOLO-TV 4850 Ampere Drive Reno, NV 89502
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 259597381 - kolotv.com/a?a=259597381
Gray Television, Inc.