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While swimming off the coast of Southern California, a grey whale got entangled in a fishing frame. Now, environmental activists are looking for the animal so that they can set it free from the metal trap.
The whale had its head stuck in a metal frame
On Saturday, environmentalists from the American Cetacean Society spotted the whale struggling to escape from the trap near Dana Point Harbor. The animal had its head stuck in a fishing gear made of metal. The gear was quite big, and it looked as if it was piercing through the animal’s mouth.
The animal did not reside in the same location. Some hours after the activists spotted it for the first time, it was seen swimming with another whale, but in a different location. They were taking their swim close to Newport Harbor.
Environmentalists are now on the lookout for the animal
In their attempt to find the whale, the group of rescuers asked other people for help. Anyone who sees the whale while sailing is kindly asked to take photos, look for any improvements, and announce the rescue group immediately.
Also, they should not intervene. It might be quite difficult to help the whale escape its trap. This is why only those with experience should try disentangling the animal. If other people tried, they might risk to get the animal even more injured and entangle it more in the frame.
They hope that the poor victim is still in Santa Monica Channel or that it is on its way to Oxnard. Until they find it, they are trying to find the perfect plan to get close to the whale and then remove the metal imprisonment in which it is caught.
After finding the whale, the rescuers must establish if the framing comes from a fishery or not. Thus, they would know how to handle it. They want to know where the trap comes from, so they can find out how to disentangle the animal without hurting it.
Unfortunately, this is not the first whale to get entangled in the area. The first one was spotted on March 19th with its fin in a fishing net. Then, another gray whale found struggling to escape another net. These cases add to more than 70 others which occurred in 2016. This needs to stop, as more animals are in danger and this might seriously affect the environment.
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