A humpback whale off the coast of California that was entangled in rope throughout the summer seems to have freed itself from the lines. A video from a tour operator caught the entangled giant mammal swimming in the waters of the state’s southern coast, along with some frolicking dolphin companions.
You might already be familiar with bycatch, one of commercial fishing’s biggest detriments to wild marine life, in which unwanted species like turtles or dolphins are collected and inadvertently killed in fishing operations meant to catch more desirable species for human consumption. Another side effect of getting fish on our dinner plates is entanglement, in which sea life gets tangled up in fishing nets, lines and ropes either through active fishing operations or ocean trash.
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