Volunteers free tangled whale
SEA rescue volunteers freed a 9m humpback whale entangled in fishing line and rope off Dassen Island on the west coast of South Africa yesterday.
SA Whale Disentanglement Network volunteers were called in after fishing boat crew reported that the whale was trapped.
The whale had three rope entanglements around its back and one rope through its mouth.
Three lines anchored to the sea bed held the whale’s tail deep beneath the water.
A clump of rope was found tangled among the three ropes around its back.
The network said the operation was one of the most difficult it had encountered. “In a disentanglement operation lasting more than an hour, a rope line through the mouth was cut first in two places, releasing that rope, and then the rope lines around the back of the whale were cut, and the whale was freed.”