Whale rescue team frees entangled humpback

Whale rescue team frees entangled humpback

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A humpback whale calf is swimming freely again thanks to a Hawaiian rescue team.

The animal was first spotted Sunday with a line wrapped tightly around the front of its body. It was seen again Wednesday off  Manele Bay, Lanai. Several tour vessels, including Maui Adventure Cruises vessel, Explorer, Safari Explorer and Hawaii Whale Research Foundation, and the Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Odyssey worked together to monitor the animal while a response was mounted.

The crew was sent to the area where it successfully cut the line using a specially designed knife.

On average, there are about seven entanglements of humpbacks in Hawaii waters every season.

The situation was considered life threatening because the calf is growing rapidly.

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