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Whale set free in St Francis Bay

A 10 meter juvenile Humpback whale was rescued on Monday afternoon after it had become entangled in rope and buoys about 18 nautical miles from St Francis Bay.

There are plenty of whales around at present. Photo: Stan Blumberg

There are plenty of whales around at present. Photo: Stan Blumberg

The South African Whale Disentanglement Network together with the St Francis NSRI responded to the call out and found the whale to be entangled in 3 loops of rope around its tail and held buoyant by a floatation buoy, while appearing to be anchored to traps at the end of the line on the ocean floor.

One cut, using the specialised whale disentanglement equipment, through two of the ropes immediately set the whale free of all of the rope.

The whale swam off appearing to be healthy and diving happily and the NSRI is confident that the operation was successful and that the whale has survived.

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