Update on recent gray whale entanglement response

On the 8th and 9th of May 2018, Cascadia Research and SR3 responded to an entangled juvenile gray whale offshore from La Push, Washington. Working with support from NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard, the team was was able to free the whale from some of the lines entangling it and limiting its movements. However, this animal was in poor health and some of the deeply embedded lines could not be removed in the challenging conditions. Due to extensive injuries and poor condition, the long-term prognosis for this animal is not good but these efforts gave it a chance at survival. Read the full report from NOAA

Seen here from bow to stern, Doug Sandilands (SR3), Kiirsten Flynn, John Calambokidis (Cascadia Research)

May 8, 2018 a team of responders evaluate the situation. Jenn Tackaberry and Kiirsten Flynn (Cascadia Research) kneeling, Doug Sandliands (SR3) and John Calambokidis (Cascadia)

Initial entanglement configuration on the whale