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On Friday, a California gray whale, named "Bart," was seen dragging 50 feet of netting filled with dead marine animals for almost a week off the coast of Dana Point Harbor.
ORANGE COUNTY, CA (Catholic Online) - Dave Anderson, who works with DolphinSafari.com, got permission from the National Marine Fisheries Services to attach a buoy to the whale to monitor it as a rescue team was being called together.
According to Anderson, the team found a "whole ecosystem" inside the netting. These animals included a sea lion, a leopard shark, two angel sharks, and many spider crabs, fish, and rays.
It took the volunteers nearly seven hours to cut the nylon netting without hurting the mammal. With a storm approaching, the team was against time.
"This whale was doing everything it could just to breathe," Anderson said. "But there was no way to feed itself."
After hours of tedious work, a line snapped and the buoys disappeared underwater.
The whale was free.
"All the staff was really emotional at the end of the rescue because usually the whale does not make it in this type of situation," Dana Friedman, a local volunteer, said, "It is hard for me to find the words to express how I feel right now."
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