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Young Humpback Whale Freed From Fishing Gear Off Hawaii
A number of private boats helped a team of federal responders free a young humpback whale from heavy gauge fishing gear off Hawaii, officials said Thursday, March 7.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a joint statement that the “subadult” humpback was first spotted Wednesday morning by a dive boat off Maui.
The dive boat alerted officials that the whale was struggling, and NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary coordinated a rescue effort with the U.S. Coast Guard and others. Several private boats, including a commercial fishing vessel, tracked the whale while waiting for officials to arrive.
The U.S. Coast Guard arrived and attached a tracking beacon to the whale in case they were not able to immediately remove the debris.