Researchers Rescue Shark-Bitten Whale

Ropes entangled a humpback whale’s flukes near Provincetown. Photo from Center for Coastal Studies
Ropes entangled a humpback whale’s flukes near Provincetown. Photo from Center for Coastal Studies

Scientists off Cape Cod rescued a humpback whale entangled in ropes and bitten by a great white shark as the shark prowled the waters beneath them Saturday, according to an article on BostonGlobe.com.

While conducting research on gases exhaled by humpback whales, Center for Coastal Studies researchers discovered a young whale on Stellwagen Bank, a popular feeding ground for whales about 5 miles north of Provincetown, Massachusetts. The whale, hogtied from mouth to tail, was immobile at the surface of the water and had sustained a large bite wound on its left flank from the shark.

Read about scientists rescuing a shark-bitten, entangled whale.