Rescuers free humpback whale that was ‘hogtied’ in fishing gear off Washington coast

A badly entangled whale is swimming free again after a dramatic rescue off the Washington coast on Thursday evening. The 35-foot long humpback whale calmly allowed responders to cut it free of fishing gear, according to witnesses.

When responders arrived on scene near Cape Flattery, they found a young adult whale at the surface more or less “hogtied.”

“This whale had line through its mouth and down both sides of its body to its tail flukes and then wrapped around several times and something heavy weighting it underneath,” said Doug Sandilands, an entanglement response specialist with the group SR3. “That’s more at

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