Posted by: The ocean update | October 26, 2015

Humpback whale freed from lobster trap line near San Diego (California, USA)

Rescue attempts to disentangle a humpback whale caught in a lobster trap off the San Diego coast on Oct. 25, 2015. The whale was eventually freed with the help of the Coast Guard Cutter Petrel and National Marine Fisheries Service. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

Rescue attempts to disentangle a humpback whale caught in a lobster trap off the San Diego coast on Oct. 25, 2015. The whale was eventually freed with the help of the Coast Guard Cutter Petrel and National Marine Fisheries Service. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

October 26th, 2015 (AP). LA JOLLA — Rescuers have helped free a humpback whale that got tangled in a lobster trap line off the coast of San Diego.

The Coast Guard says a fishing boat reported seeing the distressed whale about 7 miles northwest of La Jolla Sunday morning, and that the line appeared to be hindering its ability to swim and dive.

Crews from the Coast Guard and a rescue team worked together for several hours to disentangle the whale.

The effort was overseen by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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