Abandoned fishing net leaves bird in right tangle in Mojacar on Spain’s Costa Almeria

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TRICKY: Careful snipping of knots and strings eventually freed the cormorant CREDIT: Guardia Civil Almeria

A CORMORANT was left in a right tangle on a Mojacar beach after it got caught up in an abandoned fishing net.

Fortunately for the bird, volunteers from the Equinac marine life rescue association went to its rescue.

Guardia Civil officers on patrol in the Macenas area also lent a hand after spotting the three volunteers trying to free the cormorant, which was completely caught up in the net.

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Taking great care not to harm the creature, with careful snipping, little-by-little they managed to cut the strings and knots around its wings and its feet and it was able to fly off.

The bird belongs to a species catalogued as ‘Vulnerable’ in Andalucia, which is usually seen in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park and on Terreros Island just south of San Juan de los Terreros.


Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.

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