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Endangered Whale Injured Off GA Coast

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© Photo: Georgia Dept. or Natural Resources, Wildlife Resource Division © Photo: Georgia Dept. or Natural Resources, Wildlife Resource Division

An endangered whale, swimming off the coast of Georgia, has been partially freed from the fishing gear in which he was tangled, according to the state's Department of Natural Resources. 

The 4-year-old North Atlantic right whale is located approximately 40 miles from Wolf Island.  Biologists were able to remove more than 100 yards of heavy rope from the whale.  The whale was suffered injuries, and it is unknown if he will survive.

The department's Wildlife Resource Division says this is one of only 450 North Atlantic right whales in existence.   Biologists say this encounter highlights the need to prevent similar entanglements.

For more information on conservation efforts, click the link below:

www.georgiawildlife.com/conservation

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