May 14th, 2010
08:21 PM ET

Whale freed from fishing net has died, official says

A gray whale has died two days after rescuers near Los Angeles, California, cut away fishing net that was wrapped around its tail and a fin, an official with the with National Marine Fishery Service said.

According to CNN affiliate KCAL, the whale was spotted Monday, swimming slowly in the shallow harbor at Dana Point. On Wednesday a disentanglement team from Sea World removed the commercial fishing nets and ropes, and the whale appeared to head out to sea.

Joe Cordaro, a wildlife biologist with the fishery service, says it is the 10th gray whale this season to die during migration.

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  1. cheryl

    When they first cut the nets, it sounded like the whale looked good. This is sad. How many whales (and other sea animals) are out there entangled in man's fishing nets that we don't even see? Fisherman need to be accountable for their nets. Even if we have to pay more for seafood.

    May 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. judy

    @Palin2012: First, in regards to your screen name, you wish that Alaskan hillbilly had the brain power to blow her nose much less become POTUS. Second, Michelle O, our First
    Lady is in no way a comparison to a whale. She's slim and fit. I think you were referring to the Wasilla Moose! Luv them cankles!!

    May 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stephen ma

    There are more whales in trouble. Please join us in taking action in supporting & encouraging anti whaling nations in phasing out whaling. Banning all forms of whale hunting is true conservation!

    Few days left to make our voices heard. Delegates from around the world will be joining to determine the future of the whales. A number of pro whaling nations are seeking to lift the ban and hunt openly, help save the whales !!!
    Thank You

    May 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onur

      Hi Cathy. It must have been aamnizg swimming with these wonderful creatures. I'm sure it's an experience that stays with you forever. Lets appreciate the beauty of the whale shark in the wild.

      February 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kristin Bauer

    Please check out Obama's porposal to allow commercial whaling at or just google it. Call and tell him this is not ok to kill the last of our whales.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ruffnutt

    that whale corpse would be the perfect thing to shove in that leaking oil pipeline..

    May 15, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dark paul

    Join the FB page "Shame on Denmark" check it out. Dolphin killers and whale hunters.

    May 16, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. zach

    i think it is ridiculous that everyone is getting all wound up over a whale dieing. seriously people. one whale. think of how many whales and other animals die a year. think of how many resources were wasted to try and save a whale. the money spent to save this whale is unbelievable. saving a whale makes national news. many people do amazing things and save lives everyday, yet rescuers saving a whale does? do people ever wonder why the country is the way it is?

    May 16, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ray

    I hope the whale was harvested. Since he died, someone may as well drag him to the restaurant, and make some money.

    May 16, 2010 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ozzi

    Stuff happens. I'm a friend of BP and nukes. I like humans too. All this money spent on a whale when humans need it more right now. I wish people were more concerned with people rather than animals.

    May 16, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Anne

    who's Tyler??

    May 19, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Anne

    and why does everyone hate him??

    May 19, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
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    www yessoso com

    July 10, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
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