A Spanish Diver Rescues a 40-foot Whale Caught in an Illegal Fishing Net

Off the island of Mallorca in the Balearics, Spanish divers saved a 12-meter-long humpback whale from an illegal drift net

One of the divers, Gigi Torras, said that the rescue was the “best birthday gift ever” for her.

The red net had wrapped around the whale so tightly that it couldn’t even open its mouth.

Divers from the Albatros and Skualo diving centers joined the endeavor after initial attempts to cut the net from a boat failed. They entered the water and cut the mesh with their knives for 45 minutes