Officials performed an animal rescue
off the coast of Naples, Florida, after a dolphin, nicknamed The Beast, had become entangled in fishing and anchor lines from a boat, The Naples Daily News
The dolphin had been spotted off of the coast in early June while stealing fish from a fisherman, but snagged its fin on the anchor line of Steve Lucas's boat while he was fishing. He alerted local officials to the trapped dolphin and they moved into action.
The animal rescue operation was quick and painless for the dolphin. Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission moved in to free the animal, which they recognized from earlier reports due to scarring on its fins.
Animal rescue officials examined the sea creature and determined he was good enough to swim away on his own and that he would not need to be taken back to shore for rehabilitation, the news source reports.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, longline fishing negatively affects ocean life, and results in millions of sea creatures' deaths. The organization is working with the U.S. government to help establish tighter restrictions on longline fishing.