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Man frees rare right whale off Va. coast

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A man aboard a fishing charter off the coast of Virginia Beach freed a rare right whale that was caught in fishing line.

A video taken by Adrian Colaprete and posted online shows him jumping into the ocean and using a knife to cut the whale free, then whooping as it swims away. Colaprete was aboard a fishing charter about 50 miles off the Virginia Beach coast late last week when his boat came upon the whale.

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The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center tells The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/18jJxxA ) the whale was, in fact, a rare right whale. Right whales are endangered, and 350 North American right whales exist in the wild, according to the Defenders of Wildlife.

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