Rescuers free humpback whale from fishing gear off coast of MDI

September 14, 2014 1:09 PM

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Rescuers free humpback whale from fishing gear off coast of MDI

BAR HARBOR, Maine — After more than 24 hours, a 35-foot humpback whale entangled in fishing line and net was freed at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

The whale, identified by a local researcher as a well-known humpback named Spinnaker, suffered what appeared to be injuries from the ropes, “but she swam off immediately,” said Maine Department of Marine Resources spokesman Jeff Nichols.

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