California Team Rescues Humpback Whale From a 300-Pound Crab Trap
The Whale Entanglement Team raced to the scene, where it learned that a 300-pound crab trap was weighing down the 25-foot whale. The mammal also had a steel cord from the trap wrapped around its tail. After attaching a tracking device to the whale, the rescuers had to return to shore at sundown.
The next day, the team clipped the crab trap and untangled 250 feet of line. Rough weather forced the group back to port.
"They have a remarkable ability to heal. It wouldn't have made it if we didn't remove the rope," she told KSBW-TV. "It was so gratifying to see that whale swim free."