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Dramatic Underwater Rescue of 12-Meter Humpback Whale Caught in Illegal Drift Net off Balearic Island

Spanish Divers Conduct Heart-Pounding Underwater Rescue of 12-Meter Humpback Whale Trapped in Illegal Drift Net off Mallorca, Balearic Island

Diver Gigi Torras describes Whale Rescue as ‘Best Birthday Present Ever’, Believes the Animal Showed Her Respect

Diver Gigi Torras describes Whale Rescue as ‘Incredible’ and Rare for Balearic Waters; Marine Rescue Center Called After Distressed Whale Spotted by Ship Three Miles off Mallorca

Whale Found Completely Entangled in Crimson Netting, Unable to Open Its Mouth

Divers from Albatros and Skualo Diving Centers Join Rescue Effort, Spent Perilous 45 Minutes in Water Cutting Mesh Netting with Knives After Earlier Attempts from Boat Failed

Gigi Torras, Owner of Albatros Diving Center, Describes Whale’s Initial Nervousness During Rescue, But Believes the Animal Realized They Were There to Help and Began to Relax; Divers Worked from Front of Its Mouth Backward to Remove Netting

Torras Recalls Whale’s Moment of Freedom During Rescue: ‘We Kept Cutting and Cutting and She Kind of Gave a Little Wiggle to Get Herself Out of It

Whale Remained with Divers for a While to Gather Strength, Offered Possible ‘Thank You Sign’ Before Swimming Away

United Nations Outlawed Drift Nets 30 Years Ago Due to Their Harmful Impact on Marine Animals Beyond the Intended Catch

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