Crews to resume effort to free entangled humpback whale spotted near Rancho Palos Verdes

By City News Service

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A humpback whale tangled in netting was spotting about 1 mile off the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes. (Courtesy photo)

RANCHO PALOS VERDES >> Rescue crews today will resume efforts to free a humpback whale entangled in netting that was spotted about 1 mile off the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes.

The whale was first seen Saturday with netting all over its face and head, according to media reports.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration rescuers tried to free the whale, but the netting caused it to become agitated, which posed a risk to the crew.

“It’s heartbreaking when we come across a whale who’s suffering,” Capt. Dan Salas of Harbor Breeze Cruises told KCBS.

Anyone who sees the whale today is asked to call the U.S. Coast Guard.

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