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Old 20 May 2010, 10:41   #1
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Whale Rescue So Cal Rib

We did our first whale disentanglement here in Southern California.

Rescue boat a Zodiac 650 pro 20ft

Support boat was my new Apex 24

Whale she was in bad shape dragging a net possibly from mexico waters.

One of the rescue team members fell in on top of the whale.

The whale passed away a few days later. The rope had cut her tail so bad from dragging the net for hundreds of miles
she could use her tail, died of malnutrition and injury.

I named her Lilly

Such beautiful creatures
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Old 20 May 2010, 10:48   #2
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A very well done to all involved for trying so hard, despite the sad outcome....


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Old 20 May 2010, 14:29   #3
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Least you tried fella.
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Old 21 May 2010, 11:44   #4
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I followed that story on the Sign on San Diego website. Sorry it ended up the way it did.

FWIW, a buddy of mine was one of the divers in the disentanglement saga offshore of SF a couple of years ago. They ended up having a lawsuit filed (then retracted) by the Marine Mammal Center (despite having been given the go-ahead by them before setting out.)

Anyway, I appreciate what you guys did. At least Lilly wasn't tied up in her last hours.

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Old 30 May 2010, 00:45   #5
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Hi B,
Saw that shot of the crewman falling overboard on the front page of the local rag !
Wondered if you were around.
( Was it your shot?? )

So sorry to hear of the loss !
The last I read , she headed off ; so sad to hear she didn't make it.

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