Vol­un­teers free tan­gled whale

Cape Times - - PAGE 2 - Staff Writer

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.”

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