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.
Record shots of Humpback Whale distantly off Chesil Cove in Dorset this afternoon. Thanks @tom_m_brereton and @BDMLR for confirmation of ID. Appeared to be dragging an orange lobster pot buoy, last seen heading south @SeaWatchersUK @ErichHoyt @DWTMarine @PortlandBirdObs pic.twitter.com/mYnfTT1OEq
— Peter Moore (@PeterMo03067857) January 14, 2018
Main image: Stock shot of whale