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It took 40mins to rescue a 15-metre humpback whale after it had become entangled in the ropes and buoys of a rock lobster research project one nautical mile off-shore of Olifantsbospunt in Cape Point on Wednesday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said. 

humpback whale rescue
© National Sea Rescue Institute

The rescue operation by the SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) took place after noon with the whale entangled in five wraps of rope around the narrow part of its tail, known as the caudal peduncle, as well as two flotation buoys and two wraps of rope around the flat end of its tail, known as the fluke.

The rock lobster project is being conducted by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Take a look at these pictures shared by the NSRI on its website:

humpback whale rescue
© National Sea Rescue Institute
humpback whale rescue
© National Sea Rescue Institute
humpback whale rescue
© National Sea Rescue Institute
humpback whale rescue
© National Sea Rescue Institute
humpback whale rescue
© National Sea Rescue Institute

According to the post on the NSRI website, “The whale was followed for a while by the SAWDN team and it appeared healthy, strong and confident – and despite some damage to the whale’s tail stock, caused by the rope, SAWDN are very confident that the whale has been saved.”

Now take a look at this incredible sequence of a humpback whale breaching, captured by Dave Hurwitz of the Simon’s Town Boat Company, off the Cape coast on the Saturday, 4th of July. It makes you want to give these guys a big, bear-hug for the work they do. As one comment on the Facebook post put it, “Think about the energy and power required to lift that massive weight out of the water. Unbelievably great shot!”

humpback whale Simon's Town
© Dave Hurwitz, Simon’s Town Boat Company
humpback whale Simon's Town
© Dave Hurwitz, Simon’s Town Boat Company
humpback whale Simon's Town
© Dave Hurwitz, Simon’s Town Boat Company

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