Friday, September 11, 2009

Rescuers untangle rope from whale

Cape Cod Times
September 11, 2009

PROVINCETOWN — A rescue crew untangled rope from a 45-foot right whale named Mavynne last Friday about 50 miles north of the Cape, according to Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies spokeswoman Tanya Grady.

Mavynne's upper jaw and body were tangled in three layers of synthetic rope, which was connected to heavy fishing gear below the water's surface, Grady said.

The first report of the entanglement came at about 7:30 a.m., with a recreational fisherman and others alerting authorities.

Right whale researchers had last seen Mavynne Aug. 28 in the Bay of Fundy, accompanied by her calf, Grady said. At the time, the whale was free of any rope. The calf was not observed during last week's disentanglement.

In addition to Mavynne, this year Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies staff members have untangled three humpback whales and eight leatherback sea turtles. All of the animals are considered endangered species under federal law.

MARY ANN BRAGG

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