Norwegian coastguards rescued a whale entangled in ropes before the animal swam away to freedom, flipping its tail, footage published on Wednesday showed.
The mammal was floating listlessly on the surface of the Barents Sea with its tail trapped in ropes when the KV Bison coastguard ship approached it after receiving a tip from a local ferry company.
Lt Cpt Raymond Isehaug said his team could see the whale was exhausted as it was completely still. Isehaug said he sent a four-man crew in a light boat to help the animal which he believed was a humpback whale.
It took about 15 minutes for the team to disentangle most of the ropes, which were tied to a buoy from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, Isehaug said. The whale then dived and flipped its tail, splashing and spraying water before swimming away