Man Rescues Endangered Whale Off Virginia Beach Coast

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A fisherman saved a whale that was tangled in fishing rope off the coast of Virginia Beach over the weekend, according to WAVY-TV.

Capt. Pat Foster and Adrian Colaprete were helping a team of scientists conduct research studies offshore when they spotted a rare northern right whale struggling beneath the surface of the water. The whale was dangerously tangled up in fishing rope, dragging fishing equipment behind it.

"Once we realized it was a right whale, we knew we had to do something," Colaprete said, presumably because right whales are among the most endangered whale species in the world.

Colaprete, whom Foster described as "an accomplished diver," dove into the sea to help the whale.

"My intentions weren't really to go cut it free to begin with," Colaprete said. "My intentions were to assess the situation, and if at all if I could take care of it myself, I would."

Luckily, Colaprete was indeed able to cut the rope, freeing the whale and sending the fishing equipment sinking to the bottom of the ocean as the whale swam away safely.


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Bless the brave good guys on this Earth. There are SO few!

July 19 2013 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tora Johnson

Ugh! Again an untrained person got into the water to free a tangled whale! This time it was a right whale, which are known to ornery and violent. The press always makes these folks out to be heros, when in fact, they are lucky to be alive. Others who have foolishly jumped in to save a whale have not been so lucky. Never, ever get into the water with a tangled whale. Call the pros who have the tools, training and experience to disentangle whales.

Each area of the country has a hotline for reporting whale entanglements. For a vessel at sea, the easiest way to report an entanglement is often to alert the Coast Guard. They can relay the info to the appropriate people and will sometimes help in standing by the whale while the disentanglement team is on the way.

July 17 2013 at 8:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

LOUSY VIDEO - could not see ANYTHING - what a waste of time coming here.

July 16 2013 at 9:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

very cute . however very pathetic how people have to dress up animals.
just enjoy them for what they are and stop making them look stupid!!
buy a DOLL if you have an urge to dress something up; don't make any poor animal look like a fool. Get a real life!!!!!

July 16 2013 at 6:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wonderful story! Just wondering, those of you who are "terrified" of whales, why? Has a whale ever attacked you?

July 15 2013 at 11:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply


July 15 2013 at 11:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

having grown up in paradise of the Fla keys, I was on,over or under the water most of my younger years, we often saved Dolphins, turtles and other marine life. My father taught me it is just what you do. I am so glad today we have so much technology so we can capture the pictures and "film" (digits?) to show the rest of the world good marine protocol . Every one we save is a blessing!

July 15 2013 at 11:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tommy Daly

Nothing less than heroic, thank you for saving this whale and quite possibly the ones they'd breed. A Beluga nearly killed a diver by accident, playing with her a short while back. He grabbed her fin and dragged her to 60 ft. The Sea World trainer died when an Orca grabbed her long ponytail seemingly for fun, but crushed her against the tank wall. This was extremely dangerous, forget what you see in the movies.

July 15 2013 at 10:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

How many do not get saved? Right whales - of which I hope this is the 2nd one found this year (the other nearer the English Isles), for the rarity of the species. Hopefully they're mostly keeping away from man and our contraptions as more and more fertile grounds for the fish we eat are causing us to go to other areas to obtain what was normally close-by. Japan killing hundreds of whales - and not just Sei whales- for "Scientific Research" to determine if Soy or Teriyaki sauce tastes better on their seared flesh/blubber should come to an end. They're using lies and loop-holes never intended for such use and they know it. It's not merely upholding the law (which they aren't technically breaking) but the spirit of the International Law in which they are not only disregarding it - but mocking it!

July 15 2013 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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How much Jap crap do you have in your home? None I hope, I made a promise to myself and the whales many years ago(20 or more)
to not buy one thing "Made in japan" until they STOP the killing!

July 15 2013 at 11:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what would they have done if it was a "wrong" whale....?

July 15 2013 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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