Humpback whale disentangled off Boston

CCS image taken under NOAA permit #18786

BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A young humpback whale is recovering after its rescue from a severe entanglement outside Boston on Sunday.

The Marine Animal Entanglement Response team from the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown spent several hours cutting the whale free.

Photo: Center for Coastal Studies, NOAA permit #18786
Photo: Center for Coastal Studies, NOAA permit #18786

The center tells Eyewitness News, the rope was wrapped around the base of the whale’s tale and stretched to fishing gear on the sea floor, essentially anchoring the whale for the better part of a week.

A commercial fisherman spotted the animal on Thursday and reported it in distress. However, rough sea conditions were too poor for the MAER team to respond until Sunday. The Massachusetts Environmental Police and the US Coast Guard assisted in the successful rescue effort.

The center’s Humpback Whale Studies team is working to identify the whale in hopes of monitoring its future progress.

The organization posted before and after video on its YouTube page.