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Rescue workers want to save a whale from a fishing net, but the animal is “too aggressive” and is now missing

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A whale was spotted off the coast of California in March dragging a fishing net by its tail. Rescuers have tried to handle the animal, but the whale is too aggressive. They can no longer locate it above that either.

The whale was first spotted off the coast of Laguna Beach in southern California in March. Eyewitnesses noticed that a fishing net was attached to the animal’s tail. In order not to lose sight of the whale, rescuers attached two red buoys to the net.

After that, the liberation action did not go too smoothly. Every time the rescuers came near the whale and tried to cut the net, the animal became aggressive.

During those attempts, the GPS tracker was also lost, so rescuers are currently unable to locate the animal.

Due to an oncoming storm, they had to temporarily suspend their searches. The search for the animal will continue north of San Francisco. It is suspected that the animal moves north due to natural migration. Every spring, gray whales migrate from the coasts off California and Mexico to the Arctic.

“Our goal is to retrieve the fishing net attached to the whale so we can learn more about the entanglement and how it happened. We can use that to limit the risks,” says Kathi George, from the Marine Mammal Center. Although time is now running out to free the animal. The fishing net makes foraging for food very difficult for the whale and so the animal will most likely eat little or no food at this time.

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