As you motor or paddle in Southeast Alaskan waters, keep an eye out for whales in netting, trailing buoys or caught in other kinds of gear.
Four entangled humpback whales have been sighted in nearby waters in the last month, said West Coast Large Whale Entanglement Response coordinator Ed Lyman, who’s in Juneau to “lend a hand” and do outreach with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. That’s not an unusual number, he said.
Whales also sometimes get out of tangles without help, he said. Some are left with scars that look like entanglements, themselves.