Man Dies While Trying to Save Critically Endangered Whale

Source: Newsweek/Harriet Sinclair - July 14, 2017 in Adventure, Featured

Man Dies While Trying to Save Critically Endangered Whale
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A Canadian man died Monday attempting to save a critically endangered whale that was caught in some fishing lines in the Gulf of St Lawrence.

Joe Howlett, founder of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, managed to cut the North Atlantic right whale free but was killed after the whale flipped onto him in the water.

Howlett’s friend and co-founder of the whale rescue groups, Mackie Green, told BBC News: “They got the whale totally disentangled and then some kind of freak thing happened and the whale made a big flip.”

“Joe definitely would not want us to stop because of this. This is something he loved and there’s no better feeling than getting a whale untangled, and I know how good he was feeling after cutting that whale clear,” he added.

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