Yesterday, off the coast of Northern California crab fisherman Mark Anello, out in his 48 foot bote 3 1/2 miles off the Sonoma county coast saw something strange- 3 buoys grouped together…and moving.
Investigating, they found a gray whale entrapped in a fishing line- a whale that had first been spotted entangled in the line 3 weeks ago hundreds of miles south off of the orange county coast.
From this news story
“They come up slowly alongside the whale, and the whale started fighting at first,” the elder Anello said. “Then the whale decided to calm down.”
Using 12-foot, bamboo poles with hooks on the end, Mark Anello and his crew spent 90 minutes freeing the 40-ton mammal, which had been nicknamed “June” by rescuers who had earlier tried to free it.
Once the creature was free from the ropes, nets and buoys it took a lap around the vessel.
“The whale circled the boat, surfaced and took off,” Tony Anello said. “It was like it was saying thank you.”
Sometimes life does have happy endings…