Team frees ‘hogtied’ humpback whale off Washington coast

A trained team freed an entangled humpback whale off the Washington coast Thursday night by cutting ropes that had become attached to the animal’s mouth and tail.

The whale was first spotted Thursday morning by a fishing guide company, Todd’s Extreme Fishing, which stayed with the whale to track its location until the Makah Tribe and U.S. Coast Guard staff arrived to take over monitoring, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. The agency praised the guide’s approach to the situation, as well as the work of other responders, in a news release issued Friday night.

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