Entanglement update 7/17/00 (fwd)

From: mike williamson (williams@www1.wheelock.edu)
Date: Mon Jul 17 2000 - 18:59:03 EDT


Subject: Entanglement update 7/17/00

Hi All

Problems have arisen today in tracking of the whale. It seems that the
telemetry buoy may have become fouled and is not sending a signal to the
satellites or a radio signal. If any whale watchers see the whale in the
next few days please contact the Whale Emergency Network immediately via
pager (902) 558 3376. If the whale is seen, Andrew Westgate from the Grand
Manan Research Station, will respond immediately to try and free the buoy or
to attempt to attach another buoy. It is essential that someone stands by
the whale until Andrew responds.

Photographs taken from the air on Saturday indicate that the left pectoral
flipper is now pinned to the animal's side. NEAq are tentatively
identifying this whale as #2746, a three year old whale of unkown sex. The
entanglement is believed to be life threatening and thus it is essential
that we find the whale.

Thank you for your assistance and further information will follow.

Deb Tobin
Whale Emergency Network Coordinator
East Coast Ecosystems
Freeport, Nova Scotia
(902) 839 2962
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