Humpback Whale Disentangled Off Cape Cod

Center for Coastal Studies photo:

PROVINCETOWN – Rescuers from the Provincetown-based Center for Coastal Studies saved an entangled whale off Cape Cod Saturday.

The Marine Animal Entanglement Response team worked to disentangle the 2017 calf of the humpback, Rapier.

The young whale had rope deeply embedded within the base of its flukes, indicating that it had been entangled for weeks or months.

The responders removed much of the gear, but to reduce further potential injury, small lengths of rope were left in the wound for the whale to reject naturally over time.

Several whale watch boats reported the entanglement and stood by until the rescue team arrived.

Those boats were from Hyannis Whale Watcher, the Dolphin Fleet and Captain John Boats, among companies.

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