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Entangled whale expected to pass by Central Coast

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Courtesy: Frank Brennan/DanaWharf.com Courtesy: Frank Brennan/DanaWharf.com
Courtesy: Frank Brennan/DanaWharf.com Courtesy: Frank Brennan/DanaWharf.com
Courtesy: Frank Brennan/DanaWharf.com Courtesy: Frank Brennan/DanaWharf.com

An entangled whale is expected to make its way into our area soon. Whale-watching boats, others on the water, and locals on shore are asked to be on the lookout over the next couple of days.

Captain Frank Brennan of Dana Wharf Whale Watching first spotted the gray whale Sunday afternoon off Dana Point in Orange County and took these photos. The latest sighting was reported Wednesday night off Santa Barbara.

"I am no expert about whales, but I do spend some time on the beach and I am going to be keeping an eye out," said San Luis Obispo resident Jesse Cutburth.

Officials with NOAA are monitoring the whale up the coastline and are hoping locals can spot it.

"There is potential for the gear to actually start to cut into it -- you are adding drag, it's taking much more for it to swim," explained Justin Viezbicke with NOAA Fisheries.

He adds the longer the gear is on the whale, the greater the chance an infection can develop.

NOAA does not actively search for entangled whales but will launch a rescue after reported sightings if time and weather permit. 

"If it's one whale that hurt that we can help, then that's what we do," said Shell Beach resident Chelsea Langer. "It's important to take care of wildlife, especially if they are injured."

If you happen to spot this whale, take photos and call the NOAA Fisheries entanglement reporting hotline: 877-SOS-WHALE.

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