(Photo: Ken Garliepp)

BODEGA BAY (KPIX 5) — Three fishermen on the boat, Legacy, risked their lives to save a whale entangled in crab pots near Bodega Bay.
They didn’t have time to call for help, it was an emergency situation.
Legacy crewman Valentine Parnell described the initial encounter with the whale.
“Mark comes along side it and we notice that its blowhole was spouting off…it’s trapped. Absolutely trapped,” Parnell said.
Legacy deck boss Ken Garliepp said, “I mean it was cutting into him to where he was bleeding, so I don’t know how long it would have been til he’s getting ripped apart by sharks. He definitely needed help.”
Using boat hooks, the men snagged lines and started cutting. Piece by piece the old lines slowly came off.
At first the whale resisted, but then something miraculous happened.
“It would come and it would roll over and be like, almost showing us where the lines were on its fins,” Parnell …