The Search Is On for an Entangled Whale off the California Coast | KCET
The Search Is On for an Entangled Whale off the California Coast
Boat captains in the Dana Point area are being asked today to be on the lookout for an entangled gray whale that appears to have some sort of metal frame, possibly a crab trap, around its head.
The whale was spotted about 3:30 p.m. Saturday about two miles south of Dana Point Harbor by Capt. Frank Brennan of Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching, The Orange County Register reported. Brennan, who was on a whale-watching trip at the time, saw the animal as he neared San Juan Rock, and it was heading north.
Brennan alerted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's marine mammal stranding network coordinator, Justin Viezbicke, along with Capt. Dave Anderson, of Capt. Dave's Dolphin Safari, who leads Orange County's whale disentanglement team and has been involved in dozens of rescues over the years.
More about whales
Anderson again spotted the whale just outside Newport Beach Harbor at sunset but did not deploy his tracking buoy because of the unusual way the whale's head was caught in the trap. Viezbicke said the type of gear entangling the whale was something he has not seen before.
Rodger Healy, a Capistrano Beach lobster fisherman, said photos of the wire frame looked industrial.
"It's too big to be trap gear," he said, adding, "It looks like it could be a rack to suspend oysters or mussels."
On Sunday morning boat captains continued to look for the entangled whale in Los Angeles County. Dense fog made the search more difficult, Viezbicke said.
But efforts to find it will continue. Boat captains who work along Northern California have been notified, he said. People who are out on the water and see a whale in distress are urged to call (877) SOS-WHALE, and to take pictures if possible.
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was ordered today to turn himself in no later than Feb. 5 to begin serving a three-year federal prison sentence for obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.
A proposal to declare a climate emergency in Alaska has brought up long-running tensions over development and conservation among the groups that advocate on behalf of Alaska’s Indigenous people.
State officials quietly gave away a significant portion of Southern California’s water supply to farmers in the Central Valley as part of a deal with the Trump administration in December 2018, potentially harming California salmon and L.A. County.
Sharon Ellis' luminous landscapes draw on nearly the whole history of landscape painting. Think American Luminists, Charles Burchfield and his "animated landscapes" and even Light and Space artists James Turrell and Robert Irwin.
- 1 of 232
- next ›
The global demand for oil and gas has long-lasting impacts on the communities that supply it.
The global demand for avocados is having a devastating impact on a drought-stricken community in Chile.
Following groups like “Guardians of the Forest,” we explore illegal lumber poaching in the forests of Brazil and Oregon, where citizens and scientists are working together to combat the illegal lumber trade.
The realities of milk production are forcing dairy communities across the globe to rethink the dairy production process.
Solar power is changing lives in unexpected places. This episode visits with unique solar power training programs in Zanzibar and Los Angeles.
- 1 of 9
- next ›