2.Distressed Grey Whale

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    surfaced and in distress

    1. Whaleman Curt 76 months ago | reply

      This is a situation where you cut the baby loose. The net is already in tatters, and all of the floats and anchor lines have apparently broken off. I wouldn't even attempt to unwrap a baby like this because you can't count on the babies to hold still. The best way I know to cut a baby loose is to start at the head and work back, leaving the tail for last. The whale probably won't let you cut it loose entirely without trying to free itself, if it is a young one, but keeping a steadying hand on the whale as you near the end can work wonders, I've found.

    2. Jay Iwasaki 76 months ago | reply

      well, the situation here was actually a crab pot buoy, no net involved. we managed to get close enough, the whale didn't seem to have too much energy as it idn't put much effort into getting away. The buoy was tracked by ID numbers as being reported missing from Alaska, traveling over 3000 miles south to Northern California.

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