Humpback whale snared in rope rescued
MONTEREY, Calif. — 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, found on April 27 in Monterey Bay dragging the heavy fishing gear, was freed on Thursday off the coast of Santa Barbara.
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.
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