DANA POINT (AP) — Rescuers will try again Tuesday to free a blue whale entangled in hundreds of feet of fishing line off the coast of Southern California.

The 70-foot-long mammal was caught in about 200 feet of rope from crab pots when it was spotted Monday off Dana Point.

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Experts got close enough to cut away some dangling rope but they couldn’t reach the line wound around a flipper, according to Michael Milstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The operation was suspended at nightfall.

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The whale was spotted on Sunday off San Diego but it was too far away for rescuers to reach. On Monday, it was only a few miles offshore.

It’s the first blue whale entangled this year off California. The ocean giants rarely swim close to shore.

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