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THE lives of dozens of whales, dolphins and seals could be saved around the coast of Scotland each year with the creation of Europe’s first net-busting rescue team.
Many marine mammals are injured and killed annually as a result of getting caught in fishing nets, ropes or lobster traps. But a squad of specially-trained volunteers, known as the Large Whale Disentanglement Team (LWDT), is being created to respond to emergencies.
Similar whale rescue services are already available across the globe in places such as South Africa, Australia, Florida and Hawaii.
The LWDT – who will be based in the north-east of Scotland – will be managed by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR).
Once fully trained, the volunteers will save sea mammals caught in aquatic emergencies in open water anywhere around the UK and even abroad.