Entangled right whale freed from buoy after being spotted on Sunday
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Published Sunday, August 5, 2018 6:46PM ADT
GRAND MANAN, N.B. - The Campobello Whale Rescue Team says an entangled North Atlantic right whale spotted last week in the Bay of Fundy appears to have been freed.
Jerry Conway with the rescue team says the whale was spotted late Sunday afternoon and a crew went out and cut off a buoy and line that had been hampering the animal.
Conway says it's not known if they got all of the fishing line off the whale because it didn't lift its head, but it seemed to be swimming more easily.
The whale, identified as an adult male, was seen Monday morning about 22 nautical miles east of Grand Manan, N.B., with an orange buoy trailing behind it.
The weeklong search for the whale was halted briefly on Tuesday due to heavy fog, but searchers resumed the hunt the next day.
There were 18 recorded North Atlantic right whale deaths in Canadian and U.S. waters last year -- most of them in the Gulf of St. Lawrence -- mainly due to collisions with ships or entanglements in fishing gear.