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Saving a Humpback Whale: A Disentanglement Tale

August 26, 2020

A rescue team successfully disentangled the humpback whale in late July, removing nearly 4,000 pounds of fishing gear.

Crew on zodiac attempting to dinentagle a humpback whale off the coast of New York
On Monday, July 27 trained responders began a 4-day effort to disentangle a humpback whale from submerged fishing gear near New York City. Multiple partners brought expertise and large boats to haul the heavy gear up and free the whale. 


Learn more about the dangers of entanglement to whales

Last updated by Office of Communications on August 18, 2021

Entanglement Humpback Whale