Another gray whale found tangled in net in waters off O.C.
A gray whale that was tangled amid discarded netting and a fishing buoy was spotted Wednesday off the coast of Orange County.
The incident was the second time in five days that a gray whale was found tangled amid netting off the Orange County coast. The first whale swam free after rescuers cut it from the net.
On Wednesday, a U.S. Coast Guard vessel spotted the second whale, which was traveling with a larger adult whale, according to officials.
A rescue team from Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center responded to check out the mammal. Team members were able to attach two large orange buoys with flashers to the animal, but the crew was forced to leave because it was getting dark and the seas were rough, officials said.
Rescue crews will search for the whale in the morning.
Officials are asking the public to be on the lookout for the whale Thursday and to call the Marine Mammal Center at (949) 494-3050 if the animal is spotted.
— Robert J. Lopez
Photo: The fluke of a gray whale accompanying another whale that was entangled in nets. Credit: DolphinSafari.com