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'Very Cooperative' Whale Knows It's Being Helped in Rescue From Net for Second Time in 10 Days

Playing 'Very Cooperative' Whale Knows It's Being Helped in Rescue From Net for Second Time in 10 Days

A whale found itself entangled in some fishing net for the second time in 10 days, but this time, it knew to just relax and let rescuers do their thing.

According to a lifeboat team based in the Salcombe, England, the humpback whale has been dazzling tourists in the seaside resort town, where officials believe it recently stopped to feed while traveling north.

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Officials with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution were called in over the weekend after the whale was caught up in whelk pot lines off a fishing vessel.

And they knew just what to do, especially since the same whale was in a similar predicament several days before, on March 22. 

"Fortunately this time it was a much easier operation and with the experience we had from the last time, it was all done and dusted in about an hour," Dan Jarvis of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue told the BBC.

"They're very intelligent animals," Jarvis continued. "So, I'd like to think it knew we were trying to help and was very cooperative." 

The whale's reportedly been in the area for about a month.

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Experts say the whale was likely headed to Iceland or Norway when it stopped to feed on plentiful plankton and small fish.

According to Jarvis, it's likely the whale's stomach that keeps leading it to trouble. "There's obviously fantastic feeding," he said.

Watch: Mother Humpback Whale Refuses to Leave Calf's Side While Being Freed From Net

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