Whale activist killed… by a whale

A whale activist died doing what he loved when an endangered whale struck him after he freed the animal from a fish net.

On Monday, Joe Howlett was killed seconds after freeing the trapped whale. The endangered whale was a North Atlantic right whale, and there are only about 400 left of them on Earth.

Joe Howlett is a lobster fisherman who founded a whale rescue team. He has saved nearly two dozen whales within the past 15 years.

“They got the whale totally disentangled, and then some kind of freak thing happened and the whale made a big flip,” Mick Green, a rescue team member, told United Press International.

“Joe definitely would not want us to stop because of this. This is something he loved and there’s no better feeling than getting a whale untangled, and I know how good he was feeling after cutting that whale clear,” Green said.

Rescuers believe the whale was not malicious, and that it was merely a freak accident.

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