Humpback whale freed after weeks trapped in netting

A humpback whale in Icelandic waters that had been tangled in netting for several weeks has finally been freed.

Faxaflói Bay.

Faxaflói Bay. Image by Suvodeb Banerjee / CC BY 2.0

The injured whale was spotted in Faxaflói Bay, in West Iceland, in early August and several attempts were made to free it. The netting was limiting its ability to dive and feed. The animal was finally freed this weekend, when a multinational team was able to cut away most of the cables and knots around it. The whale now appears to be able to move freely. Humpback whales grow up the 16m long and are known for their complex songs. Read more: