WOLF ISLAND, Ga. - An aerial survey team spotted a 4-year-old male right whale about 40 miles off the Georgia coastline.
The team noticed the whale had roughly a 100-yard long fishing rope caught in its mouth. Biologists raced out to the animal by boat, grabbing the rope from behind and hoping to pull it free but it didn’t work.
Next they tried cutting the rope with a spring loaded knife but couldn’t do it without possibly injuring the whale.
The final option was a cutting grapple that is designed to cut the rope without hurting the whale.
They threw the grapple over it’s back and on the managed to cut a huge portion of the rope on the first try.
Biologists now hope the much smaller section of rope left behind will eventually fall out of the whale’s mouth.