August 25, 2006
The whale is not in immediate danger from the lines which are still tangled around its tail. A telemetry buoy, which is beaming the whale's location over satellite, is attached to the remaining gear. The telemetry buoy will allow the team to travel straight to the whale when they are ready, avoiding a sometimes costly and frustrating search effort before further disentanglement efforts can take place.
The whale has been in the Hobart Bay and Five Finger Light area in the southern part of Stephen's Passage, not moving far from where it was first spotted.
People closely involved in the disentanglement effort included:
The team reported that the support boats were crucial. Not only did they spot and report the entangled whale, they stood by until members of the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network could arrive. The Oz lent an inflatable raft to the effort. Team members also reported that the Alaska Adventure provided cookies, a fine treat on a rainy day.
Marine mammal entanglements
or strandings should be reported to NOAA Fisheries Law Enforcement
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