Crews Hope for Another Attempt to Free Whale

Crews hope to make what could be their final attempt to free a humpback whale that became entangled in fishing gear last month near Petersburg.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- Crews hope to make what could be their final attempt to free a humpback whale that became entangled in fishing gear last month near Petersburg.
NOAA spokeswoman Julie Speegle says poor weather and sea conditions prevented the agency's team from making progress in recent days. Crews hoped to make another attempt Thursday, conditions permitting.
She says significant resources have gone toward trying to free the whale and the next attempt will probably be the last. If crews cannot fully remove the gear, the hope is enough has been done to allow the whale to shed it later.
Speegle says the team has removed about 30 feet of netting and gear. Much of the remaining gear was beneath the whale, making disentanglement difficult.
The whale was last spotted in Chatham Strait.