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Entangled humpback whale rescued off Maui

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:44 p.m. HST, Feb 19, 2014

Marine mammal officials rescued a humpback whale near Maui by removing line wrapped around the animal's mouth, head and right pectoral fin.

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary says the emaciated whale was freed off Lahaina on Wednesday. A response team collected hundreds of feet of small gauge line afterward.

The sanctuary says the whale could have died if the gear wasn't removed.

Officials were tracking the whale after it was spotted off Hawaii Island last week. A response team attached a transmitter package to the entangled gear on Sunday.

A whale watch tour boat spotted the whale off Lahaina Wednesday morning and stood by until a response team arrived at 9:20 a.m.

Sanctuary programs administrator Fiona Langenberger says the whale's age is unknown.

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kiragirl wrote:
Atta way to go! Great job!
on February 19,2014 | 06:23PM
LMO wrote:
This is too bad, as I beleive whales do not fed while they are here in our waters. So this poor guy will have to swim all the way bac to AK to start gaining weight, if he is able. Sad.
on February 20,2014 | 02:18AM
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