Posted by: The ocean update | September 4, 2015

Blue Whale Caught In Fishing Net Off SoCal Coast (California, USA)

blue-whale-entangled-California-USASeptember 4th, 2015. CATALINA CHANNEL — Authorities were working Friday to find and free a blue whale caught in fishing netting off the Southern California coast, officials said.

The whale — one of roughly 2,000 blue whales found off the California coast — was believed to be towing a line connected to a red buoy about 10 miles out to sea, between Pt. Fermin and Catalina Island.

Aerial footage from Sky9 showed a giant blue whale surfacing briefly and then diving below the surface, appearing to take a red buoy underwater, too.

The whale was reportedly trailing at least 200 feet of line, possibly with a crab pot on the end of it.

Wildlife experts said the buoy could interfere with the whale’s ability to dive below the surface and feed on plankton.

A NOAA disentanglement team was deployed to the scene around 2:15 p.m., according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Sondra Kneen.

A command post has been set up at Point Fermin and Pacific Coast Highway, according to L.A. County Lifeguard officials.

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