Minke Whale Freed off Martha’s Vineyard

Minke whale is freed by marine animal entanglement response team. Photo Courtesy Center for Coastal Studies
Minke whale is freed by marine animal entanglement response team. Photo Courtesy Center for Coastal Studies

MVGazette.com: A minke whale entangled in fishing gear 40 miles southwest of Martha’s Vineyard was freed Sunday [July 5] by the Center for Coastal Studies Marine Animal Entanglement Response.

First spotted late in the afternoon on July 3 by a passing mariner, the 15’ whale was floating at the surface of the water, constricted to swimming in small circles with its lower jaw tightly wrapped in rope, according to a press release from the Center for Coastal Studies, a non-profit organization based in Provincetown. The rope was attached to fishing gear at the bottom of the sea floor.

 

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