Gray whale rescued from discarded fishing net off California coast

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 20:16 EDT
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Rescuers over the weekend spent seven hours trying to carefully free a gray whale that became entangled in a discarded fishing net off the coast of California.

“It was getting very frightening towards the end of the day because we were running out of time,” Dave Anderson, who works with DolphinSafari.com and helped rescue the whale, said.

The whale was probably dragging the nearly 50 feet of fishing wire for nearly a week, according to the rescue crew. The net was filled with dead sea animals.

“We had a sea lion, we had several sharks, it was the whole ecosystem, you know, was in that netting,” Anderson said.

Anderson said about a thousand dolphins and whales die in fishing nets each year.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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