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Tangled Whale Freed From Nets

A group of international whale experts has succeeded in removing fishing nets from an injured whale near Reykjavík.

The group managed to remove the lumpfish net from the humpback whale yesterday morning. It is believed the whale became entangled in the fishing gear over a month ago.

The whale immediately started being able to dive better, and showed its tail more above the surface, but it will take time for the animal to readjust to being fully mobile, the project manager told RÚV.

The humpback had been dragging the net along behind it and was finding it difficult to move, as well as being badly wounded by the tight net and wires. An international group of experts came to Iceland on the invite of IFAW and the Reykjavík whale watching companies last week.

It will take time for the whale’s wounds to heal, and to shed the remaining bits of the net, but the experts followed the whale for several hours and determined that its future now looks bright.

It was thought the project would take several days. The conditions were challenging and the whale was badly tangled, but to everyone’s pleasure, work was finished on the morning of the second day.

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