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Watch: Spanish divers complete dramatic rescue of trapped whale (Video)

Spanish divers have freed a 12-metre long humpback whale entangled in an illegal drift net off the Balearic island of Mallorca.

A viral video online shows the dramatic underwater rescue by the divers.

One of the divers, 32-year-old marine biologist Gigi Torras, said last Friday’s rescue and a little gesture of appreciation from the giant mammal were also a birthday present for her – the ‘best ever’ in her words, reports Reuters.

“It was like out of this world, it was incredible, just incredible,” she told Reuters on Tuesday. It was only the third time that a humpback has been seen around the Balearic Islands.

The weakened whale had been spotted by a ship about three miles (4.83 km) off the eastern coast of Mallorca, prompting Palma de Mallorca’s Aquarium marine rescue centre into action.

They discovered the whale completely trapped in the red fishnet so it could not even open its mouth.

After initial attempts to cut the net from a boat failed, divers from Albatros and Skualo diving centres joined the effort and plunged into the sea to remove the mesh with their knives in a daring 45-minute operation.

“The first ten seconds she got a bit nervous, you know, like bubbles everywhere, but then I don’t know, call me crazy but I think she knew we were there to help her and she just relaxed and we started working from the front of her mouth backwards,” said Albatros owner Torras.

“We kept cutting and cutting and she kind of gave a little wiggle to get herself out of it,” Torras said, adding that the mammal then stayed for a bit to regain her strength in the company of the four divers and even gave what looked like “a little thank you sign” before swimming off.

(Reuters)

 

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