Watch This Free Diver Save a 45-Foot Whale Tangled in Fishing Gear

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A fearless free diver incredibly saved a 45-foot Bryde’s whale after it became tangled in fishing gear off the Canary Islands.

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Cesar Espino spent more than an hour diving into the water to cut the rope from the whale's mouth and fin.

A friend of Espino’s filmed the entire incident and posted it to Facebook.


Espectacular rescate de una ballena Fuerteventura. Imágenes NÁUTICA PUERTO JANDÍA. Siguenos en A.G.P.HOTO & VIDEOEl jóven protagonista de esta historia se llama César Espino. Al parecer el y su compañero navegaban en el día de ayer a unas 2 millas del muelle de Morro Jable cuando vieron una boya utilizada para Palagre (tipo de pesca no muy legal). Alrededor de ella la típica salida de aire de una ballena, un rorcual de unos 15 metros que se encontraba sola.Sin dudarlo se tiró al agua y vió como el animal estaba enganchado a los anzuelos tanto en la boca como en la cola, lo que le impedía moverse.No se lo pensó, se puso ante la ballena ( la cuál asegura le habló con la mirada) y tras una hora de trabajo consiguió salvarla de lo que hubiera sido una muerte segura.BRAVO CÉSAR !!! Me declaro fan tuyo, olé tus____ para hacer lo que hiciste... y gracias Lourdes Benítez Carrillo por pasarme el documento ;-)

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Local reports say the whale must have been tangled for days because he was severely emaciated.

Once free, the whale began to swim away, as Espino followed it to make sure it was in good shape.

Read: Entangled Whale Rescued After Two-Day Operation

Espino told journalist Lourdes Beitez Carillo in Spain: "I quickly jumped in the water and let the whale see me to know I was going to try to free her. I felt sorry for her, so I did not hesitate a moment."

Bryde’s whales can grow up to 55 feet and weigh up to an astonishing 90,000 pounds.

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