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Entangled humpback rescued off Baja California Sur

La Paz, Baja California Sur — Environmental officers report that with the help of several agencies, they were able to free an entangled humpback whale off the coast of Baja California Sur.

Federal officers of la Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente say that with help from the Marine Mammal Rescue Center, the Whale and Marine Sciences Museum and the FUN ROC surveillance committee, they were able to free a young humpback that was found tangled in a fishing net.

The whale, which was discovered in the Bay of La Paz, Baja California Sur, required the help of 10 people who spent a majority of the day removing the 60-meters of fishing net that the mammal became entangled in.

Photo: la Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente

Officers say that the humpback was reported to be a young specimen weighing approximately 10 tons. Those involved in the rescue followed protocol by the National Network of Assistance to Entangled Whales with the use of two boats, slowly removing the net from around the whale.

Environmental officers say that the humpback whale is listed in the Mexican NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 under the category of special protection.