Gray whale caught - Photo by Capt Daves Dolphin and Whale SafariA California gray whale found tangled in a fishing net off the Orange County coast swam free after a lengthy rescue over the weekend.

Whale-watching boats spotted the young whale stranded outside of Dana Point Harbor about 5:30 p.m. Friday with about 50 feet of netting and rope wrapped around its tail.

A team of whale-watch crew members, wildlife rehabilitation staffers and boaters with special training and gear spent much of Saturday working to free the whale.

(READ the story in the LA Times)

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