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Italy: Whale trapped in fishing net freed by coast guard01:50

Italy: Whale trapped in fishing net freed by coast guard

Italy, Aeolian Islands
June 29, 2020 at 11:54 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Lipari coast guard freed a sperm whale from a fishing net, off the coast of the Aeolian Islands, on Friday.

Biologists from the turtle recovery centre on the island of Filicudi alerted the coast guard after spotting the nearly 10 metre (33 feet) long whale on the surface of the sea, evidently in distress, with its tail fin entangled in a fishing net.

A team of local divers arrived, and after an hour managed to remove the net from the whale’s fin.

The coast guard monitored the sperm whale’s behaviour and condition, ensuring it was not injured. The whale swam off freely reportedly to rejoin three other whales waiting at a distance.

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The Lipari coast guard freed a sperm whale from a fishing net, off the coast of the Aeolian Islands, on Friday.

Biologists from the turtle recovery centre on the island of Filicudi alerted the coast guard after spotting the nearly 10 metre (33 feet) long whale on the surface of the sea, evidently in distress, with its tail fin entangled in a fishing net.

A team of local divers arrived, and after an hour managed to remove the net from the whale’s fin.

The coast guard monitored the sperm whale’s behaviour and condition, ensuring it was not injured. The whale swam off freely reportedly to rejoin three other whales waiting at a distance.

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