In a remarkable rescue effort, fishermen in Ormara, Balochistan, successfully freed a massive 30-foot sperm whale entangled in a secondary fishing net.
Technical Advisor WWF Pakistan, Moazzam Khan, explained that the net was designed to allow dolphins and other marine animals to pass through, but the deep sea predator became ensnared.
Responding to the unusual situation, the fishermen took swift action, cutting the net open to a width of 500 meters to liberate the stranded sperm whale.
This marks the first recorded instance in Pakistan of a massive sperm whale being entangled in a fishing net and subsequently released safely back into the sea.
Following its release, the whale reportedly accompanied the fishermen’s boat for approximately 15 minutes. Sperm whales, among the four largest whale species in Pakistan’s littoral territories, are renowned as the largest hunters of the sea, capable of diving up to 500 meters in pursuit of their prey.
The successful rescue effort highlights the collaboration between local fishermen and conservation initiatives in safeguarding marine life in the waters off Ormara.