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Dolphin entangled in fishing line rescued

SAN DIEGO – SeaWorld officials and San Diego lifeguards rescued an entangled dolphin off the coast of San Diego Friday morning.

Dol[hin rescue caught on videoA kayaker called authorities Friday morning after seeing the distressed Common Dolphin’s dorsal and pectoral fins wrapped in fishing line near Scripps Pier.

A team of rescuers from SeaWorld and lifeguards freed the 2 to 4-year-old dolphin just before noon.

SeaWorld Mammal Curator Keith Yip said the high strength fishing line made it almost impossible for the young dolphin to swim or hunt.

“It would have died,” Yip said. “I have no doubt in my mind that this animal would have succumbed to its injuries.”

The dolphin is expected to survive and Yip said the incident is a good reminder for everyone.

“It’s very important how we treat our environment and pick up trash,” Yip said.

Lifeguard Marcus Schreiber captured the incident on an iPhone.

“It’s a good feeling to know that you can help in any capacity at all,” Schreiber said.

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