Entangled Humpback Rescued off Mount Desert Island

Marine Patrol Sergeant Colin MacDonald, along with Scott Landry and Doug Sandilands of the Center for Coastal Studies get the humpback disentangled. Photo/NOAA Fisheries permit number 932-1905.
Marine Patrol Sergeant Colin MacDonald, along with Scott Landry and Doug Sandilands of the Center for Coastal Studies get the humpback disentangled. Photo/NOAA Fisheries permit number 932-1905.

Portland Press Herald: A 40’ humpback whale that was caught up in fishing gear off Mount Desert Island was freed from the entanglement late Saturday afternoon [Sept. 13], according to the head of a whale-watching boat that first spotted the animal on Friday.

Zack Klyver, the lead guide for Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., said rescuers had to cut away line that was wrapped around the whale’s tail 30 times. That was finally completed about 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Klyver said, and the rescuers said the whale, believed to be about 11 years old, swam off quickly after being freed from the last of the lines.

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