Gray Whale Freed off Manhattan Beach

By Nicole Mooradian
Sept 7, 2012

The young gray whale had a rope wound around its tail, Peter Wallerstein, director of the Marine Animal Rescue, tells the Daily Breeze.

A gray whale was freed Thursday afternoon near the Manhattan Beach Pier from a rope tightly wound around its tail after Redondo Beach Harbor Patrol officers spotted it, the Daily Breeze reported Thursday.

According to reporter Kristin S. Agostoni, Marine Animal Rescue group director Peter Wallerstein, who was already out on the water, cut the line from the 20-foot whale.

Gray Whale

Dana Wharf Sportfishing:
FILE PHOTO: A gray whale lifts its fluke above the water. Credit Donna Kalez

Despite being freed, the animal’s prognosis might not be good.

“It’s small and emaciated,” Wallerstein told the Breeze. “It’s real skinny.”

Gray whales are normally seen migrating through the area from December through May, according to the Los Angeles chapter of the American Cetacean Society, which runs an annual gray whale census from Point Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes.

This is the second entangled gray whale spotted off the coast of the South Bay in 2012. In late March, rescuers freed a gray whale that had rope from a lobster trap wrapped around its tail after a multiple-hour ordeal.

At the time, Monica DeAngelis, a marine biologist with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, told Pete Thomas Outdoors said that while it’s unusual to have two whale entanglements in the same general area in less than a week, entanglements aren’t uncommon.

Between 2001 and 2010, people reported 78 entanglements off the California coast. Of the 78, 31 involved humpback whales; 19 involved gray whales; four involved fin whales; and one was a minke whale. The whale species was not identified in 22 of the reports.

Checkout Palos Verdes Patch.com… Nicole is doing a great work at the Redondo Patch.com

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Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach

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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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