April 24, 2012 KION TV Central Coast News: Peggy Stap, leads the Whale Entanglement Team (WET) search for entangled gray whale nicknamed "June"
Peggy Stap is hoping to find her. She's the cofounder of the Whale Entanglement Team (WET)®, a group who responds to whales entangled in fishing gear. She will be heading out Wednesday morning out of the Moss Landing Harbor to help rescue the whale.
"I'm going to hug along the coast and search for June," says Stap.
Last Tuesday, the whale got entangled in a net off the coast of Laguna Beach. The only way to detect the whale is with three buoys that are attached to it. Finding the whale is like finding a needle in a haystack.
"You just monitor first," says Stap. "You just don't go in there and make cuts. You have to assess the situation. You don't want to make it worse."
The U.S. Coast Guard is on standby to set up a 200 yard perimeter in case the whale is spotted again.
"They're big creatures, and it's a shame to see one die because of manmade structures," says Lt. John Suckow.
Stap said, the whale is moving slowly, about three to five miles per hour. They don't know exactly where the whale is heading, but they want to reach it soon.
"You want to remove the gear if you can," says Stap. "You don't want an animal to suffer like that."
If you spot the whale, your asked to call 1-877-SOS-WHALE or 1-877-767-9425.
Submitted by Azenith Smith, Central Coast News
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