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Rescuers ready to help blue whale tangled in line off Southern California coast

Published 05/09/2015

The blue whale is the world's largest creature
The blue whale is the world's largest creature

Rescuers say they will wait until later today to make efforts to free a blue whale tangled in a fishing line off the Southern California coast.

The whale, believed to be about 75 feet long was spotted spouting and diving yesterday afternoon in a channel between the mainland and Santa Catalina Island. It was dragging a long trailing line with an attached buoy, possibly from a lobster or crab trap.

A disentanglement team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration arrived at the scene before sunset and attached a larger buoy to keep track of the whale but decided to hold off on efforts to cut or detach the line until today.

It is unusual to see blue whales - the world's largest mammal species - entangled and authorities want to proceed cautiously.

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