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Entangled Humpback: Estuary July 13,2008
A nine year old female humpback whale was reported entangled yesterday afternoon by a local fisherman who stood by until a team from the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) arrived.
PCCS Image, taken under NOAA permit 932-1489, under the authority of the U.S. Endangered Species and MMPA - request PCCS permission for use.
The whale, known to researchers as Estuary, was severely entangled with one-inch line through the mouth and around the flukes. The overall condition of the whale was poor with evidence of deformity, likely caused by her entanglement. Rescuers faced strong South West winds throughout the day and into the evening as they attempted to free her. After over seven hours, the team was able to remove the team was able to remove much of the life-threatening portions of her entanglement but the long term prognosis of the whale will be determined in the months ahead.