Humpback whale tangled in 800 kg fishing gear rescued in Australia

Humpback whale tangled in 800 kg fishing gear rescued in Australia

A humpback whale tangled in 800kg of fishing equipment was rescued off Victoria’s Gippsland coast in Australia. The whale was first seen in trouble almost a week earlier.

On Saturday, specialized whale rescue teams cut off the 800kg of ropes and buoys that restricted the whale’s swimming. The ropes were lifted from the water to prevent further danger to other wildlife.

Rescuers removed about 185 meters of the 200 meters of rope entangling the whale. James Dalton of Victoria’s water police emphasized the whale’s distress due to the tight entanglement. The animal could barely move. He praised the rescuers for successfully freeing the whale.

Humpback whales

Humpback whales are remarkable marine mammals recognized for their enormous size, distinctive body features, and acrobatic abilities. Adult humpback whales typically measure between 12-16 meters (39-52 feet) in length and can weigh up to 40 tons.

They have long pectoral fins, which can be up to one-third of their body length, and a knobby head that makes them easily identifiable.

Their color ranges from black to gray, with unique white patches on their flippers, bellies, and the undersides of their tails, which aid in individual identification.

Humpback whales migrate over vast distances, traveling from polar feeding grounds in the summer to tropical or subtropical breeding grounds in the winter. They primarily feed on small fish and krill.

Despite their large size, humpback whales are vulnerable to threats such as entanglement in fishing gear, ship strikes, and habitat changes due to climate change.

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