Tuesday, April 26, 2011

{Press} Right whale disentangled off Provincetown

Cape Cod Times | April 23, 2011

"PROVINCETOWN - A North Atlantic right whale was freed from entanglement Friday by the Marine Animal Entanglement Response team of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, according to a center press release.

The entangled whale was in the area of several other whales in Cape Cod Bay, by PCCS researchers conducting a right whale aerial survey. The whale had rope through its mouth that trailed more 40-feet beyond its tail, according to the release. The entanglement was potentially life-threatening because over time, the line extending from its mouth could cause further complications.

After working on the entanglement for several hours, the team was able to make a single cut and add large buoys to pull the entanglement from the whale's mouth, freeing the animal.

This year has been a record year for right whales migrating in Cape Cod Bay. To view a photo gallery of the whales by Times photographer Merrily Cassidy, go to www.capecodonline.com/media."

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