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Entangled whale reappears over weekend

Posted: May 16, 2011 - 5:08pm

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is keeping its eyes open for a humpback whale that was entangled in fishing gear around Lynn Canal.

NOAA Public Affairs Officer Julie Speegle said a whale that is likely the same one was spotted again in Taku Inlet Saturday evening.

“It fit the description perfectly,” said Speegle. However, positive identification was not possible from the sighting.

Speegle said NOAA is hoping to do a flyover this week to look again. In the meantime, NOAA asked Ward Air to assist in looking out for the whale during its scheduled flights on Monday.

As of Monday afternoon, Ward pilots hadn’t made visual contact but would continue to look.

“We definitely have people keeping an eye out for it,” said Buzz Ward, an employee at Ward Air.

Whale sightings can be reported to NOAA’s Marine Mammal Stranding hotline at (877) 925-7773 or the Coast Guard at 463-2000.

 

Contact reporter Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com.

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