Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Fisherman Dives and Rescues Entangled Right Whale

An endangered and rare northern right whale off the coast of Virginia Beach is now free thanks to a brave local fisherman. 
Earlier this week, two fishermen saw the whale struggle in fishing rope wrapped around its flippers.  They decided that they could possibly save the whale by diving in a cutting the fishing ropes.

Northern Right Whale--a Baleen Whale
"It was almost like a submarine coming at me,"  said  the diver. "It was kind of scary at first, but it was real trippy ... as soon the whale passed me and I was parallel to its face and its eye, it kind of stopped and the gave me a little window to get down there and make the cut."

Only about 350 North American right whales exist in the wild, according to the Defenders of Wildlife. 

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