MOSS LANDING (CBS/AP) — Officials say a fisherman spotted a distressed humpback whale that was entangled in Monterey Bay and followed the animal until rescuers arrived, helping to save its life.
California Whale Rescue director Kathi Koontz told the Monterey Herald Friday the whale would have died if the fisherman John Favazza hadn’t stayed with it.READ MORE: Family Holds Vigil, Seeks Accountability From Alameda Police Following In-Custody Death Of Mario Gonzalez
She says Favazza was on his boat Thursday morning when he saw the 35-foot-long humpback whale entangled with crabbing gear.
The whale had nylon rope from a crab trap tangled around its mouth and other parts of its body. A team worked for five hours to free the animal Thursday.READ MORE: COVID Vaccines: Santa Clara Set To Deliver 1 Millionth Dose Amid Supply Influx - 'Something To Celebrate'
Kootnz says without help the wealth would have died from her injuries.
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