CHATHAM, Mass. (WPRI) — A young humpback whale was safely disentangled from fishing gear on Friday.
The Center for Coastal Studies Marine Animal Entanglement Response (MAER) team was able to disentangle near Chatham, stated a news release.
Recreational boaters reported the sighting Friday early afternoon, and remained with the whale at a safe distance until help arrived.
According to the MAER team, the relatively small whale was anchored in fishing gear, had a fishing line going through its mouth and was dragging heavy gear.
After assessing the situation, the team used a thirty food pole and hook-shaped knife to make a cut the rope near the month.