Entangled gray whale spotted off Santa Barbara County’s coast

Entangled gray whale spotted off Santa Barbara County’s coast

Volunteers with Gray Whales Count spotted an entangled gray whale off Santa Barbara County’s coast on Monday.

Michael Smith of the organization said he first spotted the entangled whale swimming past the Coal Oil Point in Isla Vista close to the campus of UC Santa Barbara, near the end of their 9a.m.-5p.m. count.

Smith told reporters that it looked like something was sticking out of the whale, and he first thought that it was a spear. But, when the huge marine creature swam by him it looked like a lobster trap.

Speaking on the topic, Smith said, “It looked like something was sticking out of the whale. The whales were going by us very slowly there was a companion whale that was apparently watching out for this entangled suffering whale.”

Capt. Dave Beezer, a federally authorized rescuer, said they have huge carbon fiber poles with knives on their end. They are trying to get to the whale and hopefully cut the trap and free the entangled whale.


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