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Rope tangled around ailing whale in Dana Point Harbor

Whale Marine biologists are working to remove a fishing rope tangled around the tail of an ailing gray whale that has been drifting off Dana Point Harbor for two days.

It is unclear whether the rope is what is stressing the whale, said Tim Sullivan of the Ocean Institute in Dana Point.

“It’s not clear yet whether or not that’s what’s causing it the difficulty,” Sullivan said. He said the emaciated whale, which appears to be old, may also be suffering from disease or infection.

The 35- to 40-foot-long whale, estimated to weigh about 30 tons, was first spotted in the harbor Monday. It has circled the port since then, Sullivan said, and is currently floating about 50 yards offshore near what is known as Baby Beach, a shallow, warm-water inlet inside the harbor.

A large crowd has gathered to watch the whale and cheers every two minutes or so when it comes up for air.

A team of marine biologists from the Ocean Institute and Sea World are trained in detangling whales from fishing gear, Sullivan said, and they have floated a small vessel to where the whale is drifting. If they can get close enough, they will attempt to cut the rope, he said.

-- Kate Linthicum in Los Angeles and Mark Boster in Dana Point

Photo: An emaciated gray whale that wandered into Dana Point Harbor spouts while a fisherman goes about his business. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

 
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Fishermen are the pigs of the ocean. All their garbage and sewage winds up in the sea.

You mean netters and cagers dont you joe. I dont call dragging nets across the ocean as fishing, thats slaughter.

I HOPE THEY ARE FEEDING FISH FILLED WITH ANTIBOTIC'S TO THIS WHALE!!!

Send in the Japanese they know how to handle whales......

Actually Joe, the majority of the garbage comes from inland run-off and exactly what sewage are you referring to that fishermen generate? Ropes come from many places but if in fact this is from a commercial fishing trap, then I guess you will not be having any lobster for dinner tonight.

What do you think happens when any marine life excretes waste into the sea? Sewage in the sea.

just jump in the damn water and cut it off the poor thing.....chickens!

I eat fish and Jesus Christ also consumed fish and also fished for food Joe, I guess you don't know any better. Besides, because of fisherman you were able to have that tuna sandwich your wife fed you last night.

Jesus Christ lived 2000 years ago.

We are in a different era. Jesus Christ would not eat fish today. He told me so.

Other news agencies are reporting 100 pounds of fishing wire. That cannot be runoff from inland.

that wasn't a tuna fish sandwich she fed him last night. It just smelled like it.

this situation reminds me of a song... John the Fisherman

joe: if no longer eating lobster would stop this kind of crap happening to innocent animals, seems like a fair trade off doesn't it? any sarcastic comments about the oil spill?

apologies Joe, it was zack my reply was directed to.

Bob,
With the spill we no longer need to add oil to fish before frying.

Cheers,
BetterBob


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