Posted by: Bob Payne | August 10, 2011

Whale freed from ropes near Vargas Island, BC should recover, rescuer says

A humpback whale, disentangled from ropes and crab floats last weekend, was weakened by sunburn, blisters and rope cutting into its skin, said rescuer John Forde of Tofino’s Strawberry Island Marine Research Society. “He was not in great shape, he was really tired and injured,” said Forde, who owns the Whale Centre and is a volunteer with Strawberry Island, a group licensed by Fisheries and Oceans to disentangle marine mammals. “We got more than 300 feet of rope off him and three crab floats and it looks as if the buoyancy of the floats was keeping the whale on the surface,” said Forde, who believes the debris, which came from Washington State, had been attached to the animal for weeks.

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