Maine whale watchers help save entangled whale

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) -- A group of Bar Harbor, Maine whale watchers took the Save The Whales slogan to heart.

The group of 200 whale watchers helped save a humpback whale that was entangled in fishing gear near the entrance to the Bay of Fundy on June 10. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports the whale watchers and on-board naturalists alerted the Canadian Coast Guard about the distressed animal. NOAA says the whale watchers were also able to provide whale biologists with information about what they could do to help the whale.

A rescue team freed the whale the next day and it appeared to be in good condition.

The rescued whale is named Hang-glide for dark markings on its tail. Researchers from the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts named it.

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