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Friday, May 03, 2019
Search Continues For Whale Snagged In Fishing Net
OCEAN CITY — National Aquarium animal rescue officials on Friday were searching the waters off the coast of Ocean City for a juvenile humpback whale snagged in a commercial fishing net in the bay north of the Route 50 bridge and briefly released by Good Samaritans.
Around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, a group of individuals fishing from a boat in the bay north of the Route 50 bridge around 12thStreet came upon a juvenile humpback whale stranded in a fishing net. The Good Samaritans called Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP), who began the tedious process of cutting the net away from the humpback whale roughly 40 feet long.
The NRP responded and, together with the individuals who discovered the snagged whale, continued to cut away at the net for a long time until the whale freed itself and swam away. The rescue efforts were halted because of darkness and an approaching storm.