GRAYS HARBOR: Humpback whale freed from crab gear

jdodge@theolympian.comMay 9, 2014 

A young humpback whale entangled in crab pot gear was freed Tuesday off the entrance to Grays Harbor.

The whale rescue was the work of a team of three marine mammal researchers from Olympia’s Cascadia Research.

The nearly three-hour rescue occurred several miles from Westport Harbor with support from a Coast Guard crew.

The crab line and floats were wrapped around the whale’s flukes, but the Cascadia crew was able to cut the line attached to the crab gear.

Markings on the float indicated it was a crab pot from Oregon and it appeared the whale had been entangled for some time.

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