SeaWorld Crews Untangle Whale From Fishing Line Off La Jolla Coast Twice in 1 Week

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration captured video of SeaWorld officials detangling a whale from fishing lines. Crews aided whales twice in one week in October 2015.

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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.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration captured video of SeaWorld officials detangling a whale from fishing lines. Crews aided whales twice in one week in October 2015.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration captured video of SeaWorld officials detangling a whale from fishing lines. Crews aided whales twice in one week in October 2015.

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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