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Blue Whale Caught in Net Off California Coast, Rescue Underway [VIDEO]

Rescue efforts resumed Sept. 5 to help free a blue whale entangled in netting off the coast of Palos Verdes, California.

The blue whale was originally spotted by whale watchers at 1 p.m. the previous day. The U.S. Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a whale rescue expert responded to the scene.

The search was halted at 6:30 p.m. due to the setting sun. The National Marine Fisheries Service attempted to continue the search, but called it off when the whale could not be located.


Rescuers were able to take underwater video of the whale and attached a floating buoy as a way to keep track of the moving mammal.

Any boaters spotting the whale are asked to call (877) SOS-WHALE.

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Blue Whale Caught in Net Off California Coast, Rescue Underway [VIDEO]