Rescuers from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society spent four hours freeing a Humpback Whale that was stuck in an illegal fishing net. Bastien Boudoire led the rescue mission.
The whale was in the Gulf of California, and they sent out several boats to find the ends of the fishing lines. Several teams were on separate vessels, and they communicated with each other through radio.
Eventually, they found one end of the fishing line and anchored their boat to it. The rescue team pulled on the line to get the whale to come near the surface.
It was a necessary effort to see which parts of the whale were caught on the net. Finally, the enormous Humpback breathed air through her blowhole, and they saw the net wrapped around her nose.
They looked for the best place to cut the line, and they didn’t rush the process. Whenever the whale was near the water’s surface, they grabbed the net and sliced it.
With swift swipes, the net was unraveled, and the Humpback Whale was free. The rescue team cheered as they watched the majestic creature swim away. None of them could describe their profound feelings.
Oona Layolle said it was one of the best moments they can experience to release a Humpback Whale from an illegal fishing net that has no place in the ocean.