Man Rescues Endangered Whale Off Virginia Beach Coastthe daily dish
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.
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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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