South African rescuers risk their lives to save an entangled whale

A Southern Right whale measuring 10 metres became entangled a huge lobster trap, off the coast of Cape Town in False Bay. Rescuers battled to avoid the thrashing tail while attempting cut the whale free from some 600 metres of rope.

The whale became entangled after swimming into a line of ropes linking lobster pots to buoys and was trailing four or five of them. At least nine whales have been seen entangled in fishing tackle this year off South Africa’s coast. Six of them were caught in lobster tackle, two were freed but a juvenile died after being ensnared last year.

To read the full story written by BBC Correspondent Lewis Smith, see the following link.

Photo from the Times Online

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