Subject: Entanglement: Humpback off Bar Harbor (fwd)

mike williamson (williams@www1.wheelock.edu)
Tue, 4 Aug 1998 15:52:46 -0400 (EDT)

Subject: Humpback off Bar Harbor

A whale watch vessel out of Bar Harbor reported an entangled small humpback
about 25 NM off Bar Harbor, ME during the morning trip.  Bob Bowman (CCS) left
Southwest Harbor on a USCG vessel around 11:00AM to try to locate the animal. 
They have searched the area all afternoon and have not resighted the whale. 
Whale watch vessels have been assisting in the search during their afternoon
trips.  They will search until the whale watch vessels go back in from their
trips.  The weather forecast is good for the next few days, so many eyes will be
on the ocean.

The animal was a small humpback that had rope wrapped around the back near the
dorsal fin and around the tail stock.  Some fresh wounds were seen, but the
whale was moving well and did not seem to be in a life-threatening situation at
present.  CCS will soon be going up to Jonesport, ME with disentanglement gear
for Level II training.  This will put them close by for any response should the
animal be resighted.

Doug Beach