Subject: Entanglement:Injured Right Whale (fwd)

mike williamson (williams@www1.wheelock.edu)
Sat, 25 Jul 1998 14:59:56 -0400 (EDT)

Subject: Ent/Injured Right Whale


The Center for Coastal Studies has received a report from the Dennis
harbormaster of an entangled right whale 2 1/2 miles off Corporate Beach.  CCS
is on-scene in two vessels, Mass Env. Police, the harbormaster, and USCG are
also on-scene.  A USCG helo w/MEP officer on board have also been assisting with
searching for the animal, which was difficult to follow.

Preliminary reports from CCS indicate that there were two right whales, the
smaller of which is injured, apparently with deep prop scars and a wrap of some
kind of gear.  The whales were did not remain in close-association so may not be
a mother/calf pair.

I have not received word from the Team whether they will attempt to disentangle
this animal or pursue another course of action such as tagging.