Search on for entangled California gray whale

ROBERT JABLON
Associated Press
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This image provided April 17, 2012, by Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari shows a gray whale entangled in netting in the waters off the coast of Southern California April 17, 2012. Rescuers say they were able to loosen some of the fishing line that entangled this 40-foot gray whale off the Southern California coast before ending rescue operations for the day. Rescue operations are set to resume Wednesday April 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for a 40-foot gray whale entangled in fishing line that may be heading down the Southern California coast.

Rescuers were able to remove about 100 feet of line from the animal on Tuesday off Laguna Beach but more line remains tangled around the whale's head and left fin.

Rescuers attached colored buoys to the whale and hope to finish their work Wednesday if the whale can be located.

Whale-watching boat skipper Dave Anderson, who helped the whale Tuesday, says the adult animal looked healthy and could have covered 50 miles or more as it moved down the coast.

Anderson says the whale may be heading for Baja California lagoons but it won't find much to eat there and must turn north to survive.