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Italian Coast Guard Works to Free Sperm Whale Caught in Fishing Internet

Italian Coast Guard Works to Free Sperm Whale Caught in Fishing Net


(ROME) — Italian coast guard divers and biologists have been working Sunday to free a sperm whale that was entangled in a fishing internet close to a tiny Mediterranean island.

In a coast guard video, a diver might be seen slicing away a number of the internet within the waters surrounding the Aeolian Island archipelago. Boaters on Saturday had noticed the struggling sperm whale in that stretch of the Tyrrhenian Sea off Italy’s west coast and contacted the coast guard.

The operation to free the sperm whale was significantly troublesome “as a result of its state of agitation” that didn’t enable for continuous intervention close to the whale, the coast guard mentioned Sunday.

Three weeks in the past, the Italian coast guard freed one other sperm whale ensnared in a fishing internet, additionally within the sea off the Aeolian Islands.

Because the begin of the yr, the coast guard has sequestered unlawful fishing nets totaling greater than a 100 kilometers (62 miles) in size.. The coast guard says it has stepped up its efforts this yr to fight unlawful fishing.