Return-path: <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Received: from FLO.ORG by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V4.3-10 #8767) id <01HN8JNUHLK0001G1C@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU>; Sun, 19 Feb 1995 14:37:10 -0500 (EST) Date: Sun, 19 Feb 1995 14:37:13 -0500 (EST) From: Michael Williamson <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Subject: Info: Humpback rescue off Oman To: whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Message-id: <950219143713.2ea8@FLO.ORG> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 19-FEB-1995 13:00:28.34 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: Dramatic whale rescue off Oman Date: Sun, 19 Feb 1995 13:49:00 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: Dramatic whale rescue off Oman X-To: firstname.lastname@example.org To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Dramatic whale rescue off Oman coast MUSCAT, Feb 19 (Reuter) - British and Omani divers have rescued a 20-tonne whale off Oman where it was trapped in fishermen's nets for 29 days, a statement by an environmental group said on Sunday. Rescuers found the eight-metre (26-foot) long humpback whale sunburned and bleeding in rough waters off one of Oman's most inaccessible coastal areas, said a statement by Oman's Whale and Dolphin Research. The rescue mission this weekend was made more dangerous because the whale was nervous and resisted the divers, it said. ``The whale was clearly nervous, blowing whilst still under water, bucking its head and thrashing its tail.'' The tail -- ``six feet (1.8 metres) across and frighteningly powerful'' -- struck one diver in the chest, knocking his air-supplying regulators from his mouth. ``The net had cut deeply into the whale's head and stretched back along the body, engulfing both flippers. A bundle of ropes, nets and fishing floats were wrapped right around the body and hooked over the dorsal fin. Only the tail remained free. ``Blood spurted from the whale's nose as the net was cut and pulled from inch (2.5 cm) deep wounds inflicted over the past month as the whale had struggled to free itself,'' the statement said. The statement said the whale was set free more than 90 minutes after the start of the rescue. The humpback whale, one of about 20 species of whales and dolphins in Oman waters, is in danger of extinction throughout the world. It is one of Oman's largest species of marine mammals.