Thursday 25 May 2017

Rescuers ready to help blue whale tangled in line off Southern California coast

The blue whale is the world's largest creature
The blue whale is the world's largest creature

Rescuers say they will wait until later today to make efforts to free a blue whale tangled in a fishing line off the Southern California coast.

The whale, believed to be about 75 feet long was spotted spouting and diving yesterday afternoon in a channel between the mainland and Santa Catalina Island. It was dragging a long trailing line with an attached buoy, possibly from a lobster or crab trap.

A disentanglement team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration arrived at the scene before sunset and attached a larger buoy to keep track of the whale but decided to hold off on efforts to cut or detach the line until today.

It is unusual to see blue whales - the world's largest mammal species - entangled and authorities want to proceed cautiously.

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