Young humpback freed from fishing gear off Cape Cod

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (WPRI) — A response team with the Center for Coastal Studies successfully untangled a young humpback whale off of Cape Cod.

The whale was first spotted by sports fishermen off Monomoy Island on Saturday, towing an orange buoy but lost sight of it.

The same whale was spotted again on Monday morning off Nauset Inlet in Orleans.

This time the response team was able to catch up with the whale, but rough seas forced them to postpone the rescue operation. However, the crew was able to attach a tracking buoy to the whale so they could locate it the next day.

On Tuesday, the team headed out for a second rescue attempt.

CCS said after finding the whale, the team used a tether to slow it down. Then, once they could get close enough, the crew cut the ropes from the whale’s mouth, freeing it.

The whale suffered extensive injuries from the gear, but the Center for Coastal Studies says its health should improve over time.

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