OFF THE COAST OF SYDNEY (NBC/RTV) - Wildlife officials in Australia have given up hope on trying to free a young humpback whale tangled in ropes off the coast near Sydney.
Rescue attempts were called off Thursday morning due to safety reasons.
The whale calf was swimming near its mother when a rope became entangled around its tail.
Wildlife rescuers said a third whale joined the group and began showing erratic and defensive behavior making any rescue attempt too dangerous.
There's no word on when rescuers will try to make another attempt.
Norfolk Police are investigating an assault on a man Thursday night.
South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandela, passed away Thursday evening at the age of 95. Tributes from those who knew him began pouring in from across the globe, including words from two Hampton Roads leaders.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.