Humpback calf disentangled near Juneau


Photo courtesy of David Gann

Dr. Fred Sharpe waits for the right opportunity to make strategic cuts to gear using specialized cutting equipment.

NOAA Fisheries whale experts were on the water near Juneau most of Monday, July 17, disentangling a well-known humpback whale calf from a crab pot line.

Biologist John Moran, Auke Bay Laboratories, discovered the entanglement while he was out on the water conducting research last Monday morning. Marine mammal experts Suzie Teerlink and David Gann from the NOAA Fisheries Alaska Regional Office and Fred Sharpe with the Alaska Whale Foundation were shuttled out by a local whale-watching company to join Moran near Favorite Reef to further assist.

"This whale is this year's calf of a well-known Jun...

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