On Monday afternoon, the South African Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) responded to a report of a 7 meter juvenile humpback whale entangled in rope and buoys near Maitlands River Mouth – just outside Port Elizabeth.
Upon arrival the whale was found to be entangled in rope and while the whale was swimming freely, it appeared to be burdened by the weight of the entanglement.
An extensive disentanglement operation progressed, using specialised equipment, and in an operation lasting just under 40 minutes all rope appeared to have been successfully removed from the whale.
The whale surfaced next to the sea rescue craft and then began to swim around in larger and larger circles before disappearing into the night and SAWDN are optimistic that the operation has been successful.
The operation was completed at 18h00 and the boats returned to the harbour in Port Elizabeth at 19h15.