A whale rescued from fishing line gets a second chance at life in the waters of La Jolla, California.
A humpback whale, weighing 40,000 pounds and measuring about 45 feet in length, was entangled in over 250 feet of fishing line around its mouth, tail, and fins.
Luckily, it was rescued.
This was the second whale rescued from fishing line in Newport Beach off the coast of La Jolla within the week.
The SeaWorld crew worked Friday to free the whale when it withdrew down into deep waters. The crew worked for three hours on Saturday morning to cut the line from the humpback and finally succeeded.
Over 300,000 whales, dolphins, and porpoises are killed each year from fishing line. This bycatch is the leading cause of death of many marine species.
The SeaWorld crew worked their magic and saved two whales in one week from the biggest killer of many marine species. Thanks to the crew, those two whales get another chance at life.