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Dolphin entangled in fishing line freed off San Diego

February 16, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A dolphin entangled in a fishing line was freed after a kayaker spotted him in the waters off San Diego.

The kayaker told lifeguards, who then found the young animal in distress in the waters about a mile off La Jolla on Friday.

With the help of SeaWorld experts, they were able to remove the netting from the dolphin's dorsal fin, using a pole to gather the 50- to 100-foot line.

SeaWorld mammal curator Keith Yip told local media that the cuts on the fins indicated the line had been rubbing against the 4-feet-long dolphin for weeks. He said the dolphin appeared tired and was probably not able to feed.

Once the dolphin was free, off it went! A news helicopter spotted it swimming to other dolphins that apparently stayed in the area.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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