An entangled humpback whale off the Central Coast has been freed after an hours-long rescue operation.
The young humpback whale was spotted just north of Klemtu entangled in anchoring ropes on Monday morning.
Observers, including those from the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Coastal Guardians, contacted the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
The rescue team included Paul Cottrell of the DFO, who says the whale was in bad shape by the time they arrived in the afternoon.
He says the rescue effort took about five hours.
Cottrell says it was a delicate task to free the approximately 30-foot long whale while it was agitated, adding unlike in movies, animals in such condition aren’t happy to have humans around them.
He urges any mariners who sees animals trailing gear to call the BC Marine Mammal Response Network at 1-800-465-4336, saying the sooner they can respond, the better chance they have of saving the animal.