Return-path: <WHE_WILLIAM@flo.org> Received: from flo.org by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V4.3-10 #8767) id <01HJK1H712SG002J2S@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU>; Wed, 16 Nov 1994 18:11:52 -0500 (EST) Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 18:15:34 -0500 (EST) From: WHE_WILLIAM@flo.org Subject: Info: Whale Rescue-Where?? To: whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Message-id: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 16-NOV-1994 18:00:20.74 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: Great whale rescued off Omani Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 11:42:00 UTC Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Sender: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Comments: Warning -- original Sender: tag was rbaird@SOL.UVIC.CA From: email@example.com Subject: Great whale rescued off Omani X-To: firstname.lastname@example.org To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Great whale rescued off Omani coast MUSCAT, Nov 16 (Reuter) - A team of Omani and British divers have rescued a rare 20-tonne whale from death in the waters of Oman where it was caught in fishermen's nets for five days, a statement by an environmental group said on Wednesday. The Arabian Seas Expedition, an environmental and scientific research project on marine life in the Arabian Peninsula, said the eight-metre long humpback whale was rescued last week. It said the whale was found barely able to move one km (mile) off northern Oman. It had sunburns and bleeding wounds. Divers had to calm the distressed whale, stroking its huge pleated throat while others cautiously cut the net in which both its flippers and most of its body was entangled, it added. On being released, ``the whale leaped out of the water six or seven times in succession, landing with thunderous splashes, as if to celebrate its new found freedom,'' the group said. The humpback whale, one of about 20 species of whales and dolphins in Omani waters, is in danger of extinction throughout the world, it added. It is one of Oman's largest species of marine mammals.