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Entangled Humpback Whale Off Dorset to Be Freed by Diver Rescue Team

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue group has said that a team is planning to assist a humpback whale entangled in fishing gear off the Dorset coast.

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The British Divers Marine Life Rescue group has said that a team is planning to assist a humpback whale entangled in fishing gear off the Dorset coast.

The whale was seen off Chesil Cove according to a BBC report on 16 January, with ‘what is thought to be an orange lobster pot buoy and netting attached.’

British Divers Marine Life Rescue stated that it was preparing a team to help the whale once winds and high waves dropped.

The rescue group is asking members of the public to report any other sightings to help the team track the whale as it is moving around the location.

Stephen Marsh, from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue told the BBC: “It’s not an easy rescue – it’s one of the most dangerous things that we do.

“We’ll go out and try and catch the whale. We’ll attach lines to it and we’ll put and a buoy with a satellite on so if it does disappear we can find it again.

“It seems to be free-swimming which is good – it means it’s not too restricted in its movement.”

The group said it hoped to try to free the whale towards the end of the week.

Images of the whale taken by Peter Moore were posted on Twitter.

Main image: Stock shot of whale

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SourceBBC News
Lorna Dockerill
Lorna Dockerill
Lorna fell in love with scuba diving back in 2011 during a trip to Thailand and Australia. Having always dreamt of seeing a sea turtle in the wild, her dream was realised on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef while training to become a certified diver. Since then she’s developed a passion for the natural world, writing about wildlife photography – both the on land and underwater kind – for the past eight years.

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