whale of a rescue

The Environment

On Friday, the Italian Coast Guard helped to free a sperm whale from entanglement in an illegal fishing net off the Aeolian Islands.

On the morning of June 26, the Coast Guard station in Lipari received a report from a group of biologists from a conservation center on the island of Filicudi, who said that they had spotted a whale in distress.

While under way on a trip to Stromboli, the biologists spotted an entangled whale about six miles northeast of the island of Salina. The 30-foot-long whale had fishing net wrapped completely around its tail.

The Lipari Coast Guard dispatched a patrol boat to the area with a team of local divers. The divers spent about one hour cutting the net free from the whale’s tail fin. Their efforts were successful, and the whale swam off to rejoin a group of three others which had been waiting at a distance. Click here to watch the video.