Whale Freed from Entanglement in an Illegal Drift Fishing Net Died on a Spanish Beach

Environmental News from Europe:

A 14-meter (46-foot) long humpback whale freed from entanglement in an illegal drift fishing net off the island of Mallorca has died on another Spanish beach more than 300 kilometers (190 miles) away.

A team of divers had freed the 30-tonne whale from its earlier plight after it was spotted by a ship about three miles (5 km) off the coast of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands east of Spain a week ago.

It swam away blasting water out of its spout but was then founded stranded on a beach in Valencia on Spain’s mainland on Thursday.

Specialists from the Oceanography Foundation who examined the whale said it was extremely weak and had several cuts to its dorsal fin. They decided the massive animal would not survive a return to the sea, and it died soon afterward.

“It is horrible. This has been really depressing,” said Gigi Torras, a marine biologist who took part in the original rescue.

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Source: Reuters

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