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Humpback Whale Tangled in Fishing Line Gets Dramatic Rescue [VIDEO]

A humpback whale tangled in fishing line for over a week was finally cut free.

According to Hawaii News Now, a 40-ton humpback whale was freed from a tangle of fishing lines attached to a red buoy after locals first spotted it more than a week ago.

On February 13 the whale was noticed, and efforts to free the whale from the hundreds of feet of fishing line that had wrapped around its body several time started immediately. Finally, on Saturday, the final cut to free the whale was made. Watch this incredible video, with a great perspective on the operation.

Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL

 

The 45-foot whale is expected to make a recovery, despite the several feet of thick line still stuck in the mammal’s wound.

Since the whale’s tail was rendered nearly useless while entangled, it had to rely on it flippers to swim.

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Humpback Whale Tangled in Fishing Line Gets Dramatic Rescue [VIDEO]