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Entangled right whale freed

Scientists from NOAA Fisheries Service and state and non-profit partners successfully used at-sea chemical sedation to help cut the remaining ropes from an entangled young North Atlantic right whale Jan. 15 off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Fla.

The use of the sedative allowed the disentanglement team to safely approach the whale and remove 50 feet of rope that was wrapped through its mouth and around its flippers. This is only the second time a free-swimming whale has been successfully sedated to enable disentanglement efforts.

Click here for the full announcement with photos.

For a report on ongoing steps being taken to safeguarding the North Atlantic right whale, click here.