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Man Frees Rare Right Whale Off Virginia Coast

by AP posted Jul 16 2013 10:43AM

     VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A man aboard a fishing charter off the coast of Virginia Beach freed a rare right whale that was caught in fishing line.
     A video taken by Adrian Colaprete and posted online shows him jumping into the ocean and using a knife to cut the whale free, then whooping as it swims away. Colaprete was aboard a fishing charter about 50 miles off the Virginia Beach coast late last week when his boat came upon the whale.
 
     The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center tells The Virginian-Pilot the whale was, in fact, a rare right whale. Right whales are endangered, and 350 North American right whales exist in the wild, according to the Defenders of Wildlife.
 
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07/16/2013 10:43AM
Man Frees Rare Right Whale Off Virginia Coast
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