Attempts made to save whale

Jan. 9, 2008 at 10:15 PM

NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Rescuers worked Wednesday to save a humpback whale entangled in fishing line in the Atlantic Ocean near North Carolina and Virginia.

Crews aboard a 225-foot Coast Guard cutter, a buoy tender, 110-foot Atlantic Beach Coast Guard cutter and two motor lifeboats joined with the Atlantic Large Whale Disentanglement Network to save the humpback, The (Norfolk, Va.) Virginian-Pilot reported.

Coast Guard officials said the whale has been stuck in the line since the summer and could die if it is not released, the newspaper said.

The large sea mammal reportedly was traveling northwest toward Hampton Roads, Va.

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