Rescuers unable to help whale off Ga. coast
Rescuers about 10 miles off the Georgia coast say they were unable to get close enough to help a right whale that has become entangled in commercial fishing line.
Right whales are among the most threatened of all the whales worldwide, and their global population is estimated in the hundreds.
The Brunswick News reports that Thursday's rescue effort involved crews from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Coast Guard.
Authorities say they were unable to get closer than a boat length of the animal in the Atlantic Ocean.
Clay George, a natural resources biologist with the DNR wildlife division, says rescuers hope the whale will shed the rope itself, which frequently happens.
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