Fishing authorities rescue 45-tons humpback whale caught in fishing lines for a week

February 23, 2015 7:19 PM

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A 45-tons humpback whale caught in a fishing line off Big Island in Hawaii last week has been freed by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary on Friday. The heavy humpback was caught in fishing gear and has been circling the island after its tail got entangled in heavy crab lines and buoys.

The rescuers were able to use an inflatable craft and creep up to within 10 feet of the whale as it moved on toward the coast of Maui. They then used a pole with an attached hook knife to cut the lines from the entangled whale without necessarily alarming it.

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