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Rescue Team Saves Humpback Whale Entangled in Illegal Gillnet Off Baja California

Ben Hooper - UPI
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February 25, 2016

Sea Shepherd Crew Save Humpback Whale Entangled in Illegal Gillnet (Sea Shepherd Conservation Society)

A marine wildlife conservation group shared video of a boat crew rescuing a humpback whale from an illegal gillnet in Mexico's Gulf of California.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said one of its ships, the R/V Martin Sheen, spotted the humpback whale tangled in the net Feb. 19 and alerted the group's other boat, the M/V Farley Mowat.

The 35-foot-long whale was tangled in a gillnet, a net used to catch totoaba fish. The Mexican government banned the nets in April of last year due to their danger to the totoaba and the vaquita porpoises, which are both endangered species.

The crews of both boats, which have been in the area since receiving permission to remove illegal gillnets in December, worked to free the whale by cutting through the net.

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