Whales are getting caught in fishing gear all around the world, especially young whales, according to Paul Cottrell, marine mammals coordinator and lead whale disentangler for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Just as recently as Monday, one 15-foot minke whale was freed after being trapped for three days off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.
"Sometimes it's the animals['] curiosity, especially juveniles, that can get them into trouble," Cottrell said to CBC News. Although there's a recent uptick in whales becoming entangled in man-made materials, many efforts have been made to rescue these trapped animals. A video posted four years ago shows a humpback whale named Valentina who became entangled in nets that dragged her 15 feet below the surface.
This particular video, an old favorite, has an ending even more spectacular and joyous than any SeaWorld show. In what looks to be an expression of gratitude, the newly freed Valentina dances beside her rescuer's boat.