Rescue Entangled Whale (S633c)
From: darrellvip on 2/21/2009
Movie source: http://www.ktvu.com/news/5525793/detail.html
Daring rescue of whale off Farallones
By Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer
And by KTVU Channel 2 News
on Wednesday, December 14, 2005
It almost reads like
a Disney movie script. A 50-ton female whale becomes entrapped in
crab trap lines off the Northern California
"It was just laying there on the surface, all lethargic," Tom told
the Marin Independent Journal. "I didn't even notice it was caught until we got up close and you could see all the buoys wrapped around its head."
the request of Shelbi Stoudt, stranding manager for
the Marine Mammal Center, Superfish skipper Mick Menigoz picked up six
The rescue effort was underway.
By 2:30 p.m., the
rescuers had reached the whale and evaluated
Moskito said about 20 crab-pot ropes, which are 240 feet long with weights every 60 feet, were wrapped around the animal. Rope was wrapped at least four times around the tail, the back and the left front flipper, and there was a line in the whale's mouth.
The crab pot lines were cinched so tight, Moskito said, that the rope
Moskito and three other divers spent about an hour cutting the ropes with a special curved knife. The whale floated passively in the water the whole time, he said, giving off a strange kind of vibration.
"When I was cutting
the line going through the mouth, its eye was
When the whale realized
it was free, it began swimming around in circles, according to the rescuers.
Moskito said it swam to each
"It seemed kind of
affectionate, like a dog that's happy to see