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Endangered Fin Whale Rescued from Ropes and Buoys off Massachusetts

The Marine Animal Entanglement Response Team was able to cut away ropes and buoys attached to an endangered fin whale.

The Provincetown-based Center for Coastal Studies Marine Animal Entanglement Response Team freed a whale swimming off the coast of Massachusetts.

The whale was spotted with ropes and attached buoys stuck in the animal’s mouth near Stellwagon Bank some 25 miles east of Boston. Rescuers were able to cut away most of the rope as the huge marine mammal swam, but couldn’t get it all at once.

Center officials said, “Rather than try to pull the final section of rope out of the whale’s mouth, the team chose to let the whale continue on. During bouts of feeding the whale should be able to shed the remaining rope naturally over time.”

The video shows efforts to engage in part of the rescue:

Recreational boaters had last seen the whale entangled east of Cape Cod, but lost sight of it before rescue teams could respond. Fin whales are difficult to spot due to the fact that they do not surface as often as other whale species.

Cheers to the Provincetown-based Center for Coastal Studies Marine Animal Entanglement Response Team for their awesome efforts to save another marine animal that was in danger!

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Endangered Fin Whale Rescued from Ropes and Buoys off Massachusetts