A Marine Animal Entanglement Response Team came across an injured whale this weekend and as they tried to rescue it, they found a shark prowling nearby.
On Saturday while a team from the Center for Coastal Studies were out conducting research about 5 miles from Provincetown, Massachusetts when they first spotted the 35-foot humpback whale floating at the surface of the water.
Upon arriving at the injured whale’s side, they discovered that both a whale and a shark were in the water. The whale had gotten itself wrapped up in some fishing wire, and the shark, a great white, was likely there to take advantage of an easy meal.
After the team arrived and started working to free the trapped whale, the shark moved out of the area and the team was able to complete the rescue, and the whale was able to swim away under his own power.
The team was surprised to find both a whale and a shark in the same area, with many of the members telling the Cape Cod Times that it was the first and only time they had ever encountered the two animals in the same place at the same time.
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