By Meredith Jordan
Juneau Empire 

Juvenile whale freed from heavy fishing apparatus


November 2, 2023

Sean Neilson, NOAA MMHSRP Permit No. 24359

Entangled humpback whale seen from above on Oct. 10 near Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

It took a village to save a juvenile whale earlier this month, one that involved collaboration between people and agencies, and extended as far as a NOAA expert in Maui.

That's the story of "SEAK-5490," a juvenile humpback whale who was successfully freed from crab fishing lines near Gustavus earlier this month.

The effort included local residents who saw the humpback in distress and reported it, the owner of the fishing gear who provided information needed for the rescue, people on the Glacier Bay National Park entanglement response team, a volunteer photographer and FAA-licensed drone pilot,...

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