40 ton whale entangled in fishing line freed

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HONOLULU, HI – "The fact that the lines are gone now... That's a big plus and I think her health is still good... You know sometimes you worry about the fact that well you may have cut the animal free but it will never survive anyway... In this case I think the animal has a very good chance of surviving its ordeal." (Voice of Ed Lyman/Whale response coordinator)

That's a response coordinator talking about this weekend's rescue of a whale entangled in fishing line.

The whale was spotted earlier this month off Hawaii’s big island.

The mammal's tale was wrapped several times with fishing line, forcing it to swim primarily with its flippers.

The whale still has a few feet of line embedded in a wound, but that should fall out over time.