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At Sea: Italian Coast guard attempts to free sperm whale caught in fishing net01:06

At Sea: Italian Coast guard attempts to free sperm whale caught in fishing net

At Sea, Southern Mediterranean Sea
July 19, 2020 at 20:53 GMT -00:00 · Published

Italy's Coast Guard worked to disentangle a sperm whale caught in a fishing net off the Aeolian Islands on Sunday, after the large mammal was spotted by boaters the previous day.

The enormity of the whale reportedly made it difficult to remove the netting, which appeared to cover the animal's entire body.

The Coast Guard has recently been cracking down on illegal fishing in the Tyrrhenian Sea where the distressed whale was found, and the organisation freed other whales in similar circumstances on July 7.

It's not yet clear if the rescue operation was successful.

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Italy's Coast Guard worked to disentangle a sperm whale caught in a fishing net off the Aeolian Islands on Sunday, after the large mammal was spotted by boaters the previous day.

The enormity of the whale reportedly made it difficult to remove the netting, which appeared to cover the animal's entire body.

The Coast Guard has recently been cracking down on illegal fishing in the Tyrrhenian Sea where the distressed whale was found, and the organisation freed other whales in similar circumstances on July 7.

It's not yet clear if the rescue operation was successful.

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