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Rescue team monitoring whale that was entangled in fishing gear off Newfoundland

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A rescue group is monitoring a humpback whale that was entangled in fishing gear off Newfoundland's eastern coast.

Staff with Molly Bawn tours first spotted the whale off Mobile on Monday and have been watching it since.

They were waiting for calmer waters before trying to free the whale.

Biologist Jeannine Winkel says the whale, nicknamed Barney, was still carrying the float of the fishing gear after hours trying to free him Wednesday.

Winkel says it was difficult to track Barney because he was very active and there were other whales in the area.

She says the winds also picked up which made the rescue too dangerous, but says she'll try again when conditions allow.

(VOCM)

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