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Shetland humpback whale rescue search called off
Author:, 20-09-2010
United Kingdom

The whale was spotted caught in ropes off Shetland The search for a young humpback whale tangled in lobster ropes off Shetland has been called off.Teams from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish SPCA said there was no sign of the whale or the buoys it was caught up in.It is believed either the rope snapped and the whale was able to swim free, or it could have become exhausted and drowned. Small boats had been combing the area all morning.

He added: "It is a mammal, it is breathing, although it can stay down for up to half an hour. It is basically in a distressed state, it can also go into a dive reflex which means it will actually stop breathing and that is a very dangerous situation."

Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish SPCA and Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary were all involved in the rescue operation.