WATCH: Canada whale rescuer recounts disentanglement success

A group of whale watchers with Quoddy Link Marine in the Bay of Fundy noticed a struggling small minke whale calf. The animal’s head just barely broke the surface to get a breath.

As the boat carefully moved closer, they confirmed the juvenile had rope around its mouth that prevented the whale from moving freely.

The whale watch alerted the local Campobello Whale Rescue team, who are supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). As heavy fog was rolling in, the whale watch also stood by to help rescuers locate the entangled whale.

Thankfully rescuers could quickly cut the rope, and the juvenile swam off successfully.

Mackie Greene of the rescue team took a few minutes to recount the rescue in the video above.

This time of year, the Bay of Fundy is full of whales coming to feed in the nutrient-rich waters — and full of fishermen as well. Lobster traps, weirs, nets, and ropes, all necessary to the fishing industry, snag between two and twelve whales every year in this region.

People on the water in the Bay of Fundy should report entangled whales to the whale emergency hotline: 1-866-567-6277.

We are fortunate to have people like Mackie, Campobello Whale Rescue, whale watchers and broad community commitment to protecting whales in the Bay of Fundy. Thanks to IFAW supporters, we can continue to help them with this lifesaving work.

--PZ

If you find yourself on a coast this summer and have a smart phone, please take a moment to download the Whale Alert App available for free. Visit whalealert.org to download the app and become part of a community engaged in whale conservation and protection. 

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