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Authorities search for entangled whale

January 15, 2009 |  8:14 pm

The Associated Press is reporting that a whale entangled in fishing line has been spotted near the San Pedro Channel, and wildlife officials are asking for help finding the animal.

Joe Cordaro, a wildlife biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said Thursday that the whale was last seen heading west from Long Beach two days ago.

Cordaro says boaters who see the distressed whale should report it to NOAA or the Coast Guard so rescuers can cut away whatever is entangling it.

Officials don’t know what species of whale they’re looking for, but they are sure it is not a gray or a humpback.