Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Scuba Divers Rescue 30-Ton Humpback Whale Trapped in Fishing Nets

Dramatic video off the beach resort of Los Cabos, as three Mexican Navy divers teamed up with three local divers to free a tangled humpback whale.

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"The whale had a net attached to its tail. We went to provide support and discovered civilians were also helping out," said naval officer Santos Guzman.

The navy cordoned off the area and a team of six divers - three locals and three navy divers - used ropes and hooks attached to three buoys to hold the whale in place while they tried to unravel and cut the netting.

After about 30 minutes, during which time one of the divers also became entangled in the net, the whale was freed.

"She (the whale) was stressed. She was throwing her tail about and was moving quite a lot. You could tell she was asking for help," said diver Marco Morales.

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