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Humpback whale rescued from fishing net in Massachusetts Bay – NBC Boston
Humpback whale rescued from fishing net in Massachusetts Bay – NBC Boston

A humpback whale whose mouth became entangled in a 45-meter-long fishing rope has been released thanks to the work of a rescue team.

The whale, named Mudskipper, and its calf were spotted by the Center for Coastal Studies response team east of Boston on Monday.

A tuna fishing boat called the center’s Marine Animal Entanglement Response Team when it saw two whales swimming in Stellwagen Bank, a state marine sanctuary at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay.

CCS-MAER team unravels Mudskipper, June 8, 2024.

The rope could potentially injure Mudskipper or entangle her calf in it, as the seven-month-old calf attempted to suckle from its mother in the trapped position.

The team deployed a small inflatable boat from their rescue vessel and added more large floats to reinforce the entanglement. In the process, the rope entangling the whale was eventually pulled from its mouth and the pair quickly swam away.

Mudskipper and her calf are expected to recover quickly.

According to the Center for Coastal Studies website, this was the third whale freed from a fish carcass by the MAER team in three weeks. The center is urging boats to report sightings of whales entangled in a fish carcass and to keep a safe distance.

By Aurora