Illegal net snares humpback in endangered porpoise refuge

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MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Rescuers in Mexico have partially freed a humpback whale that became entangled in an illegal fishing net inside a refuge for the critically endangered vaquita porpoise in the Gulf of California.

Conservationist group Sea Shepherd says it was alerted on Friday to the trapped whale. The net was several hundred yards long and "tightly wrapped" around the animal, which was exhausted and unable to dive. Rescuers worked for hours to cut away the netting from its head and body, and it disappeared into the deep. But Sea Shepherd said some remnants of the netting remained wrapped around its tail, a possible long-term threat.