Whale Rescued After Being Trapped in 285 Feet of Braided Line

The animal expected to survive.

Rescuers raced to save a humpback whale that was found entangled in a braided fishing line Friday.

The whale, which was spotted on Thursday near the Hawaiian island of Maui, was caught in the line by its mouth, reports said.

A fishing vessel came across the mammal, and worked to free the creature from the 285-foot line.

The agencies say the whale was active on Thursday, and with sunset approaching, crews put a tracking buoy on the line and came back to finish the job Friday, according to reports.

Federal and state agencies say the whale has an excellent chance of survival.