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Juvenile humpback whale cut free on Christmas Day

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MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) – A Christmas gift for a juvenile humpback whale off Maui.

The Hawaiian Islands Entanglement Response Team launched a rescue effort from Maalaea Harbor after a report was made by an ocean tour operator of an injured humpback whale. 

The team determined that the whale was entangled in fishing gear with a deep wound ahead of its tail. The team removed most of the small diameter line that was cutting into the whale's flesh and found what is believed a medium-sized anchor that was hanging below the animal's tail.

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