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Rescue operation to save sperm whale tangled in rope in sea loch

The alarm was raised about the 30ft-long mammal on Wednesday.

The Scottish SPCA is leading the rescue efforts (Scottish SPCA/PA)
The Scottish SPCA is leading the rescue efforts (Scottish SPCA/PA)

A rescue operation is under way to help a sperm whale believed to be tangled in rope in a loch.

Coastguards were called to Loch Eriboll, near Durness in Sutherland, by the Scottish SPCA at around 12.30pm on Wednesday.

The 30ft-long mammal is believed to be trapped in the sea loch and a British Divers Marine Life Rescue Team is en route with a disentanglement kit.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said the sperm whale is still swimming and urged the public to keep a safe distance.

Durness, Melness and Kinlochbervie coastguard rescue teams along with Scottish SPCA officers have been monitoring the whale.

Sperm whales are one of the world’s deepest diving mammals, with mature males averaging around 50ft long.

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