TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Humpback whale snared in rope rescued

AP
Marine biologists free a humpback whale ton Thursday hat had become entangled with a steel rope attached to a 300-pound crab trap, off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif. The heavy crab pot was preventing the whale from diving to feed. (AP Photo/KSBW-TV)

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Friday, May 16, 2014, 9:21 p.m.
 

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.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Intruder made it to East Room of White House, overpowered Secret Service officer
  2. Cost of taking fight to ISIS pegged at $2.4B to $6.8B a year
  3. NSA relies on 1981 executive order signed by Reagan
  4. FAA reviews contingency plans, security policies after Chicago air traffic control center fire
  5. Chicago flights resume after fire delayed travel in Pittsburgh, elsewhere
  6. Weather extremes linked to global warming
  7. Ferguson chief apologizes in video to Brown family
  8. Arrest of British Islamic radicals might spur attacks against Western targets
  9. Security whips up service problems at CIA Starbucks
  10. Schools grapple with immigration overload
  11. Feds ask to close court hearing on Guantanamo Bay hunger striker
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.