Since 2000, there have been 10 instances of humpback whales getting caught in anchor lines or cables in Alaska
NOAA-trained marine mammal responders collect a sample from the exhalation of a humpback whale, entangled in the anchor line of a small cruise ship, on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, near the mouth of Tracy Arm, Alaska. The humpback whale became entangled in the anchor line south of Juneau, getting stuck for roughly 12 hours while federal authorities and the boat's crew worked to free it. (John Moran/NOAA Fisheries via AP), photo: NOAA Fisheries/John Moran via AP
29 of August 2017 16:15:56
JUNEAU – A humpback whale became entangled in an anchor line on a small cruise ship in southeast Alaska, getting stuck for roughly 12 hours while federal authorities and the boat's crew worked to free it.Ultimately, the anchor chain wrapped around the whale's lower jaw was cut in hopes it could wriggle loose, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries said.The team saw a whale, believed to be the one that had been entangled, swimming away, the agency said.Whales had been bubble-net feeding near the ship, which was anchored near the mouth of Tracy Arm south of Juneau early Sunday, when one hit the boat and got wrapped in the anchor line. In the feeding technique, whales use air bubbles to herd or disorient fish and then lunge at the prey that's pushed near the water's surface.