Minke whale tan­gled in fish­ing net off St. Carols dies

Lo­cals tow re­mains to sea


ST. CAROLS, NL – A minke whale of mas­sive pro­por­tions lay dead in the har­bour of St. Carols Wed­nes­day morn­ing, Sept. 6, tan­gled in a her­ring net.

As fish­er­men worked to untangle the whale and pull it back to the ocean, peo­ple be­gan driv­ing down to the har­bour to wit­ness the spec­ta­cle.

Peo­ple along the St. Carols coast no­ticed a Minke whale blow­ing far off the shores Sun­day evening, Sept. 3. The whale had got­ten en­snared in lo­cal fish­er­man Dale Richards’ her­ring net, likely that night.

Chris Rose, who fishes with Richards, says when they came to see their sunken nets they knew the whale was tan­gled and un­able to es­cape.

“Dale said in his 45 years of fish­ing, it was the first time he had seen a whale get caught in a net like this,” Rose said.

But the el­e­ments worked against the har­vesters and they were un­able to try to re­lease the whale un­til Wed­nes­day. A long pe­riod of rain and strong winds made a boat trip to gather the nets and free the whale too dan­ger­ous.

“We would’ve liked to have got­ten him out sooner, but we had to wait for the weather to die down,” Rose said.

As the net was brought in to the har­bour car­ry­ing the car­cass, lo­cal men gath­ered their waders and headed out into the ocean shore. Hav­ing been caught two days ear­lier, the stench of the dead whale was strong.


The minke whale was pulled to the wharf by rope and truck, and then brought out into deeper wa­ter by boat.

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