SeaWorld saves whale entangled in fishing gear

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SAN DIEGO – SeaWorld released video Tuesday of a rescue team saving the life of a humpback whale entangled in fishing gear.

The 25-foot sub-adult whale was spotted off the Santa Barbara coast with the fishing gear cutting into its tail. The gear restricted the whale from being able to swim and feed appropriately, SeaWorld expert said.

The SeaWorld team, along with several other agencies, tracked the whale and were able to remove the fishing gear.

Watch the video of the procedure above.


  • SAM

    They're the ones that trapped it in the big fish net to make them selves look good after releasing it.

  • Jules In CA

    Marine Life Studies WET (whale entanglement team) are the ones who did all the work. WET tracked the whale and released it from the fishing gear. NOT SeaWorld.

  • laurie

    Sea World did NOT save that whale. Amazingly creepy of them to take credit for something that they had nothing to do with. The W.E.T. team worked hard to track and free this whale. Shame on you sea World.

  • Teresa Wagner

    SeaWorld did not save this whale! W.E.T. did. Where on earth did you get your headline from?? SeaWorld enslaves whales and drugs them. They are not in the whale rescue business. They do some sea life rescue and release though only .006% of their budget is used to do so. The comparatively small number of animals they rescue and release does not make up for the many thousands of animals they steal from their natural homes, keep captive in small artificial spaces, and force to do stupid tricks to make money. SeaWorld is in the CAPTIVITY AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR PROFIT business, not the rescue business. Giving them credit for this rescue is like giving credit to the pyromaniac who started a huge fire but called 911. .. . instead of crediting the firefighters.

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