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Looking Back at the Blob - Chapter 3: Unexpected Effects Conspire in Increased Entanglements

"Perfect storm of events" led to increased whale entanglements off West Coast, raising specter of even more unexpected results to come.
October 03, 2019 - Feature Story ,
Disentanglement teams freed this whale in July 2017. Photo credit: Bryant Anderson/NOAA Fisheries, MMHSRP Permit#18786-01.

West Coast Large Whale Entanglement Response Program

Reducing the number of large whale entanglements and minimizing the likelihood of large whales becoming entangled in fishing gear promotes the conservation of healthy whale populations along the U.S. West Coast.

Whale Entanglements Remained High on West Coast in 2018, New Report Shows

Forty-six whales were confirmed as entangled in fishing gear off the West Coast in 2018.
June 27, 2019 - Feature Story ,
Underwater photo of entangled humpback whale

2018 West Coast Whale Entanglement Summary

This annual summary provides entanglement information and related updates that are particularly useful to those engaged in efforts to understand and address the issue on the U.S. West Coast from the fishery management perspective.
June 27, 2019 - Other Reports ,

National Report on Large Whale Entanglements (2017)

This report provides a summary of large whale entanglements that occurred in U.S. waters in 2017 including species, locations, and an overview of response efforts.
November 06, 2018 - Other Reports ,
Whale disentanglement team working to save entangled right whale.

Young Whale Gets an Unlikely Second Chance at Survival

NOAA and partners worked together off Sandy Hook, New Jersey yesterday to cut a length of rope entangling a juvenile humpback whale, giving the whale a second chance.
July 12, 2018 - Feature Story ,
Responders cut the line off entangled juvenile humpback whale.

Marine Mammal Entanglement and Marine Debris in Alaska

Marine debris adversely impacts more than 800 marine and coastal species.

Pinniped Entanglement in Marine Debris

Marine debris adversely impacts at least 260 marine species, including marine mammals, sea turtles, and seabirds.

Large Whale Entanglements

Please call the NOAA Fisheries statewide 24-hour stranding hotline at (877) 925-7773 if you see injured, entangled, or dead whales in the water or on the beach.

Entangled Puget Sound Whale Largely Freed After Unusual Chain of Events

NOAA Fisheries seeks help from public in spotting the gray whale and assessing its condition following entanglement.
April 18, 2018 - Feature Story ,
A large whale entanglement response network member prepares to attach a satellite tracking buoy to the whale