A humpback whale, estimated to be around 12 meters in length was freed from rope lines and buoys that had entangled it by the Jeffreys Bay NSRI.
The whale was spotted swimming from Kabeljous towards the Point and then moved directly out to sea while being monitored by Rieghard Janse Van Rensburg, the station commander of the Jeffreys Bay NSRI.
The whale, despite having freedom of movement, was found to be heavily entangled and in a difficult and delicate disentanglement operation, the rope lines around the tail stock were cut using specialized cutting equipment.
After all rope and floatation buoys were cut free and recovered and the whale regained natural movement and appearing to be healthy, the NSRI were satisfied that the whale will survive after witnessing the whale swimming off strongly.
Head of the SA Whale Disentanglement Network, Mike Meyer said that this disentanglement operation is testament of the fantastic cooperation SAWDN has with all of its members around the coast, that are able to quickly and effectively respond to operations successfully under often trying circumstances.
Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander, said that with light fading fast, all the rope was cut and with the 3 floatation buoys and all rope recovered, the operation was completed at 17h31.