It's unclear from the video whether the rope was completely removed or a piece of it still remained attached to the tail.
Either way, the whale is now free to swim wherever he pleases, thanks to Espino's bravery and compassion.
While taking matters into your own hands is brave, if you find a tangled whale, it's best to contact the professionals. Here's a directory of local rescue teams throughout the United States.
Watch the full video below.