The Italian coast guard has been working for days to free a massive sperm whale caught in an abandoned fishing network on the open sea off the Sicilian Aeolian Islands.
The whale was spotted on Saturday fighting to free itself from a net that is commonly used for illegal swordfish fishing.
The coast guard said in a statement that operations were hampered by the size of the whale, which had become very excited.
Because of its vigorous effort to free itself, the whale had been given the name "anger".
It is the second time in less than a month that the Italian coast guard has had to intervene to free a sperm whale caught in a fishing net.
"These damned fishing nets are doing great damage. I haven't slept in 36 hours … divers managed to remove part of the net, but then it started to move and it became too dangerous," said the biologist Monica Blasi opposite the daily La Repubblica.
Blasi said they had attached a light to Fury's tail so as not to lose sight of it when they tried to remove the rest of the net.
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