Mass. Morning fog yesterday foiled an attempt by a team of marine scientists to
help a whale that is entangled in fishing line off Cape Cod.
The marine scientists left Provincetown, but the weather
proved too foggy for a plane to find the whale's exact location, and the whale
was moving too quickly for the scientists' boat to catch up, National Marine
Fisheries Service spokeswoman Teri Frady said.
scientists planned to try again today.
They had plann ed
surgery to remove the line from the infected jaw of the 15-metre North Atlantic
right whale, but Ms. Frady said an extensive operation may not be necessary
because aerial photographs taken June 19 showed the line had shifted in the
"We're hopeful that it has loosened and
we'll be able, without any extraordinary measures, to make a cut that will free
the line," Ms. Frady said yesterday.
whale, thought to be headed for the Bay of Fundy, was first spotted on June 8
about 130 kilometres east of Cape Cod with the thick plastic line embedded deep
in its upper jaw. Scientists say the rope is causing an infection that would
eventually kill the whale, one of only about The distressed whale, thought to
be headed for the Bay of Fundy, was first spotted on June 8 about 130
kilometres east of Cape Cod with the thick plastic line embedded deep in its
upper jaw. Scientists say the rope is causing an infection that would
eventually kill the whale, one of only about 300 left in the world.
whale rescue fails, called off
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. Marine scientists failed in their attempt to sedate a rare
whale entangled in fishing line yesterday, returning to shore frustrated they
could do nothing more to help the injured animal.
Officials said the scientists have no plans to make
another attempt to save the whale because they have tried everything and
"For the short term, they're done," said U.S.
National Marine Fisheries Service spokeswoman Teri Frady.
"The thinking is the same group will look at the data
they got today and we will hopefully be able to improve on it for the next
Rescuers, working from rubber dinghies, attached a
buoy to the line to keep the endangered North Atlantic right whale from diving.
But the sedative they twice injected into the whale appeared to have no effect
and they were unable to move close enough to loosen the thick, plastic line
embedded deep in its jaw.
Officials said the whale has
grown sicker from an infection resulting from the line hooked in its mouth.
They said the rope has started to fray.
But Ms. Frady said
the line 'appears to have moved through the wound slightly, leaving scientists
to hope the whale, may free itself naturally.
A North Atlantic right whale comes
up for a breath moments after a second sedative injection yesterday off the
coast of Chatham, Mass. The sedative appeared to have no effect and rescuers
were unable to get close enough to loosen the thick, plastic line embedded deep
in its jaw.
"There's still some possibility this animal may surprise us yet," she
The injured 15-metre-long whale, thought to be
headed for the Bay of Fundy, was first spotted June 8, some 130 kilometres east
of Cape Cod.
Yesterday marked the first time scientists
made contact with the whale since June 9, when they attached a tracking buoy.
Since then, the whale's movements have made it difficult for rescuers to reach,
Ms. Frady said.
There are only about 300 right whales left
in the world.