Subject: Entanglement Report Wells/Moody, Maine

mike williamson (williams@www1.wheelock.edu)
Fri, 29 May 1998 09:20:38 -0400 (EDT)

Subject: Ent. report Wells/Moody


This afternoon we received a report of an entangled whale off Moody Beach, near
Wells, Maine.  The report came to the Wells Police Dept. via New England
Aquarium.

There have not been any sightings since 1705.  "CCS Maine" is coordinating the
assessment response up there.  We have several parties attempting to locate the
animal, confirm the species, and assess the entanglement.  The USCG has sent a
vessel out from South Portland and hopefully Bob Bowman will be able to contact
several of our newly trained Level One fishermen in the area to help search
today and/or tomorrow.  

We are not expecting that disentanglement will be possible today due to the late
hour and transit times.  We will be asking everyone to keep an eye out tomorrow.
 

The report was of a black whale with a dorsal fin, so it doesn't sound like a
right whale, but we are not certain it is any kind of whale at this point.