Rescuers Free Tangled 40-Ton Humpback Whale

Rescuers Free Tangled 40-Ton Humpback Whale

Nobody has ever expected a 40-ton single catch in the fishing lines. But this is exactly what has happened off the coast of Hawaii recently.

The members of the West Hawaii Marine Mammal Response Network acted carefully and finally freed the adult humpback whale from the fishing lines.

According to the local officials, the giant mammal spent several days dealing with the fishing line. CBS affiliate KGMB in Honolulu, reported that the whale was forced to rely primarily on its flippers for swimming, as its tale got wrapped several times.

The rescuers began their efforts to free the 45-foot-long whale on the day it was spotted. In order to track the whale, the marine experts attached a tag to it.

Although there is still a six feet of line fixed in the wound, the experts have said that most probably the remaining fragment will fall out on its own over time.

Ed Lyman, a large whale entanglement response coordinator, told KGMB that the whale has a great chance of surviving and will hopefully return to its normal life, prior to entanglement.

He said, "The fact that the lines are gone now...That's a big plus and I think her health is still good”.

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