Juvenile Humpback whale freed off St Francis

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

On Monday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) at St Francis assisted the Whale Disentanglement Network in freeing a juvenile humpback whale that had been entangled in ropes and buoys.

“At 14h12, the South African Whale Disentanglement Network was activated to respond to approximately 18 nautical miles off of St Francis Bay following reports of a 10 meter juvenile Humpback whale entangled in rope and buoys,” the NSRI, said in a statement.

“On arrival on-scene the whale was found to be entangled in 3 loops of rope around its caudal peduncle at the tail and held buoyant by a flotation 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 and the whale swam off appearing to be healthy and diving confidently and we are confident that this operation has been successful and that the whale has survived.”

He NSRI said Telkom’s Maritime Radio Services assisted with radio communications the operation was completed by 18h00.

Image: NSRI