Rescue attempt to save hooked whale called off

Friday morning's attempt to rescue a right whale caught in a fishing line off the coast of Wrightsville Beach has been called off.

Rescue workers say the 34-foot whale called "King Fisher", has moved too far off shore for them to cut the fishing lines tangled around his flippers.

This is the latest in a series of failed rescue attempts. Crews were out at sea Thursday but could not locate the rare mammal, and previous times they have had a tough time reaching him because the sea was too choppy.

Experts fear if they don't reach him in time, the whale will die.

Rescuers and the U.S. Coast Guard will continue to track "King Fisher" using G.P.S. unit. They hope he will come close enough to shore so they can try to save his life one more time.

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