Right whale rescued off the coast of Georgia.
by Maria Mooney
Categories: Animals, Causes, Video.

A four-year-old male right whale was rescued from heavy fishing ropes off the coast of Georgia after being spotted Sunday off Jacksonville, Florida, during an aerial survey.

The marine mammal was entangled in fishing nets from an unknown source. Nets similar to these have and will continue to pose a threat to ocean wildlife everywhere. University of North Carolina Wilmington researchers for the U.S. Navy found the whale dragging yards of fishing net behind it and immediately contacted the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for help.

The rescuers cut away 280 feet of entangled fishing rope late in the day Monday. Despite their heroic efforts, they were unable to cut away all of the netting and did notice some injuries to the whale. Currently, the source of the netting is unknown, and its wounds suggest he/she had been lugging the fishing gear around for several weeks.

More than a whopping 80 percent of right whales are scarred due to entanglements and 60 percent of them have been caught in netting at least twice. Rescuers are unable to save every whale caught in fishing nets so the answer to this deadly dilemma is prevention through safer fishing modalities.

Photo Credit: YouTube Screenshot

VIA Science World Report

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Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW, is a raw vegan licensed social worker, certified holistic health coach, research and editorial assistant at KrisCarr.com and freelance writer. After years of suffering with chronic health conditions, she is healing herself through a plant-based diet, radical self-care and consuming self love, and she wants to teach you how to do the same. She has done it all, including the Gerson Therapy and Hippocrates Health Institute's Life Transformation program. She knows how to make delicious juices, grow wheat grass, sprout anything and everything, create mouth-watering, healthy treats, grow shoots and more! She is also licensed in the mental health field and loves to marry mental health healing with physical healing to teach her clients to be themselves, love themselves and heal themselves. Contact her at MariaMooney.com for a free health consultation today!

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  • E.V.

    Or we could just quit fishing, since the ocean is too disgusting to eat out of anyway.

  • ed

    misleading headline! the whale was not rescued. boycott the fishing industry, the best way to prevent this is to stop funding it!