Whale Rescued From Week-Long Snarl in Net

Crews race to save California grey whale

By Angelo Simone and Vikki Vargas
|  Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012  |  Updated 1:16 PM PDT
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A California grey whale was rescued from nearly 50 feet of fishing net off the OC coast. Vikki Vargas reports.

Vikki Vargas & Lori Bentley

A California grey whale was rescued from nearly 50 feet of fishing net off the OC coast. Vikki Vargas reports.

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A California grey whale found itself stuck in nearly 50 feet of fishing wire off the coast of Dana Point.

The whale -- rescue crews named it Bart -- had been dragging the net for a week. The net was filled with dozens of dead animals.

“We had a sea lion, sharks and pretty much the entire ecosystem in that thing,” said Dave Anderson, with DolphinSafari.com.

It took crews nearly seven hours to cut Bart from the net. When they did, Anderson said Bart had one final message before heading back out to sea.

"He came right up to our boat and almost mouthed, like, a thank you. It was pretty awesome."

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