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One of the divers was 32-year-old marine biologist Gigi Torras.
Torras said last Friday that the rescue was a great birthday present for her – the ‘best ever’ in her words. She also felt that she received a little gesture of appreciation from the giant mammal itself.
“It was like out of this world, it was incredible, just incredible,” she told Reuters on Tuesday. It was only the third time that a humpback has been seen around the Balearic Islands.
How did they rescue the whale?
They discovered the whale completely trapped in the red fishnet so it could not even open its mouth.
After initial attempts to cut the net from a boat failed, divers from Albatros and Skualo diving centres joined the effort and plunged into the sea to remove the mesh with their knives in a daring 45-minute operation.
“The first ten seconds she got a bit nervous, you know, like bubbles everywhere, but then I don’t know, call me crazy but I think she knew we were there to help her and she just relaxed and we started working from the front of her mouth backwards,” said Albatros owner Torras.