For the second time in a week, SeaWorld crews on Saturday came to the aid of a humpback whale off the coast of La Jolla after it became tangled in fishing lines from lobster traps and floats.
Rescue crews spent about three hours cutting 250 feet of snarled lines from the tail of a roughly 40,000-pound, 45-foot adult whale, said SeaWorld curator of mammals Keith Yip.
“It’s a fairly risky, fairly dangerous operation,” said Yip, who led the rescue effort with crew members Mike Hopkins and Eric Otjen.
Last Sunday, SeaWorld technicians and Coast Guard crews freed a 25-to-30-foot humpback from similar lobster trap lines.
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