Divers free killer whale trapped in fishing net 2000 miles out to sea

Chilean navy divers free huge killer whale trapped in a fishing net 2000 miles out to sea in the South Atlantic

  • The animal was spotted by fishermen caught up in nets intended to catch crabs 
  • The Chilean navy sent out a rescue team, and a diver tried to free the whale 
  • Footage shows the whale struggling at the water’s surface as it tries to untangle itself from the fishing nets

This is the moment specialist divers rescue an ‘agitated and fearful’ killer whale after it became tangled in fishing nets intended to catch spider crabs.

The animal was spotted in distress on a Patagonian port, about 2000 miles out to sea from the Chilean capital of Santiago.

Fishermen spotted the creature, and reported it to the Chilean navy. 

The navy then sent a patrol boat named the Alcalufe to the scene, near port William on the island of Navarino, just off Cape Horn on the southern tip of Patagonia. 

Footage shows  the whale struggling at the water’s surface as it tries to untangle itself from the fishing nets.

A specialist diver then swims up to the whale to try and tries to release it but the huge mammal twists in the water and swims away.

The divers eventually managed to completely free the marine animal from the nets and it was able to swim out to open sea in good condition. 


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Captain Cesar Quiroga, Commander of the Beagle Naval District, and Maritime Director of Port William issued a plea to fisherman to ensure that they removed all their netting once they had finished fishing.  

Marine mammals such as whales, dolphins and porpoises, often drown after being caught in fishing nets. 

Campaigners have long called for trawling nets to be banned because they sweep up marine life indiscriminately.  

Footage shows the whale struggling at the water’s surface as it tries to untangle itself from the fishing nets

The animal was spotted in distress on a Patagonian port, about 2000 miles out to sea from the Chilean capital of Santiago.

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