A fisherman called the whale rescue team at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies in Massachusetts on Tuesday after he saw a whale entangled in fishing gear just outside of Cape Cod Bay.
“It was carrying fishing gear wrapped all around its tail,” said Scott Landry, director of the center’s rescue team. “It was likely entangled for many months and likely carrying the gear many, many miles. There’s often a big distance between where the whale actually gets entangled and where some random person spots it.”
The strong synthetic line was wrapped around the whale’s body, preventing it from feeding or behaving normally.