PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A humpback whale that became hogtied by ropes near the Olympic Peninsula was rescued Thursday
NOAA Fisheries said the whale got tangled up in ropes that may have been from crabbing or fishing equipment around noon on August 8. Todd’s Extreme Fishing first saw the whale near Tatoosh Island and stayed with it until the rescue team came.
“They did exactly the right thing by keeping their distance and watching the whale so the team could quickly find it,” said Kristin Wilkinson, regional coordinator of NOAA Fisheries’ Pacific Northwest Large Whale Entanglement Response Network, in a press release.
It was a complicated process, but the rescue team cut the ropes, which ran between its tail and mouth.