CRESCENT CITY, Calif. (AP) – Rescuers freed a badly tangled humpback whale near Crescent City that was caught by fishing anchors that were dragging it to the ocean floor.
A whale -entanglement team, fishermen and others rescued the whale Tuesday. Team leader Pieter Folkens said freeing the whale took nearly eight hours of cutting lines, buoys and anchors.     
The trapped whale was spotted two miles off Northern California last week. Folkens said the animal had two fishing lines running through its mouth, up to eight fishing buoys wrapped around a fin and fishing anchors pulling its tail straight down.