The entangled whale was first reported just before noon Thursday, August 8, by Todd’s Extreme Fishing. He stayed with the whale to monitor its location until the Makah Tribe and U.S. Coast Guard arrived to take over the watch. This assistance was essential in keeping track of the whale’s condition and location while a response team mobilized and arrived on the scene.
“They did exactly the right thing by keeping their distance and watching the whale so the team could quickly find it,” said Kristin Wilkinson, regional coordinator of NOAA Fisheries’ Pacific Northwest Large Whale Entanglement Response Network.
The response team included members from SR3: Sealife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research; Cascadia Research Collective; the Makah Tribe; Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; and World Vets. Response teams must complete extensive training and work under a NOAA Fisheries permit because disentangling large whales can be difficult and dangerous.