Large whale entanglements are fairly rare in Alaska. Only around 10 are spotted each year, and most whales shed the marine debris or fishing gear on their own. But once or twice a year, human intervention is required to save a whale’s life. On Thanksgiving Day, the small community of Tenakee Springs came together to do just that.
A humpback entangled in a shrimp pot line was spotted on June 29. Federal wildlife officials say the best way to help a whale caught up in lines or debris is to call in its location and to keep a safe distance.