DANA POINT An entangled as well as damaged juvenile humpback whale discovered four miles off San Onofre was mostly devoid of Dungeness crab fishing equipment and heading southern towards San Diego on Sunday afternoon.
The 25-foot adolescent whale, first spotted at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 29 off San Pedro, was re-sighted simply off San Clemente at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, by Capt. Calvin Cooper, who was aboard a sportfishing charter watercraft operated by Dana Whale Sportfishing and also Whale Enjoying.
The sighting attracted a prompt reaction from four Southern California rescue teams that released watercrafts out from Oceanside Harbor and located the knotted whale an instant later on with aid of a satellite sign affixed to it on Saturday.
Justin Viezbicke, marine mammal stranding coordinator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Management, said many of the gear connected to the struggling whale was cut cost-free but some line still stayed trailing from the appropriate side of its mouth.
“The prognosis is secured,” he claimed. “It will depend exactly how the continuing to be line affects its foraging.”
The whale also has serious cuts where the crab traps and lines dug right into its back between the dorsal fin and also its tail.
The rescue teams involved were from NOAA, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, SeaWorld San Diego and Marine Animal Rescue from L.a.
The teams attached 4 poly spheres to the line to quit the whale from diving, after that used a knife to reduce the line and totally free the whale.
Just as records of the freed whale sent out happiness with the aquatic mammal rescue area, a report of a second entangled whale off Dana Point was made.
That whale was spotted at about 4 p.m. by Capt. Tom Southern, with Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari and also Whale Viewing.
The humpback is eight miles off Dana Point and also was removaling at 8 knots. Southern, who becomes part of the Orange Region Disentanglement Team, remained with the whale for a hr on Sunday afternoon and also aimed to access the line.
They have sent out video and also images to NOAA, Southern said.
This weekend brought the third and 4th humpback entangled in the previous 3 weeks, Viezbicke stated. Ten humpbacks whales have been discovered knotted up until now this year.
In 2014, 71 humpback whales were discovered knotted off the West Shore. The whales had been captured up in catches and various other fishing lines.
Of those, 66 were seen off the California shore, consisting of 13 in Southern California.
The West Shore number is the highest since NOAA fisheries started maintaining records in 1982, and also up from 62 in 2015.