Thursday, May 20, 2010

{Press} Right whale disentangled off Chatham coast

Cape Cod Times | Aaron Gouveia | May 16, 2010

"PROVINCETOWN — A right whale was disentangled Thursday 60 miles off the coast of Chatham, according to the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.

The adult male right whale, which had two ropes around his left fluke and a "significant" amount of trailing rope, was feeding just below the surface Thursday when an aerial team from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center spotted it.

The Marine Entanglement Response Team and other rescue personnel from the Provincetown Center Coastal Studies responded to the scene two hours later.

After repeated attempts, the rescue workers cut both wraps. The whale shook the remaining rope free by working his flukes up and down, according to the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.

The same whale was seen in March 2009 with no entanglements and researchers are unclear where the whale came in contact with the rope."

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