LAHAINA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow)- A NOAA-led response team successfully freed an entangled humpback whale off Lahaina, Maui on Sunday.
The entangled 'subadult' humpback whale was first seen and monitored by Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Discovery on Sunday morning. Ultimate Whale Watch's Wiki Wahine and West Maui Rapid Response Team's response vessel, Aloha Kai, also assisted to monitor the entangled whale before an authorized response team on board the sanctuary's response vessel, Kohola, arrived at the scene.
The entanglement involved a braided line running through the animal's mouth, and trailing approximately 120 feet behind to a pair of buoys on one end of the line. While the animal was still in good condition, the entanglement was life threatening, and would have impacted the animal's ability to feed on its return to high-latitude feeding grounds.