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Teaming Up for Entangled Whales

February 12, 2019

Watch this video to learn how we work to help disentangle whales across the country.

Entangled whale and rescue crew as seen from above.

Whales can become entangled—in fishing gear, lines, or ropes—as they swim through the ocean. Entanglement can injure the whales and impair their ability to eat, swim, and reproduce. Watch as Sarah Wilkin, the NOAA Fisheries National Marine Mammal Stranding and Emergency Response Coordinator, explains how we help to disentangle whales all around the country. For some endangered whales whose populations are very low, like right whales and blue whales, freeing even a small number of whales can help their populations recover.

Last updated by Office of Communications on August 30, 2021