Saturday, May 25, 2024

NOAA Spots Entangled Right Whale Swimming Off Rhode Island

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The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced recently that it had witnessed an entangled North Atlantic Right Whale swimming off the coast of the US state of Rhode Island.

NOAA identified the whale as adult male # 4143, first seen as a calf in 2011 and was gear-free swimming off Cape Cod, Massachusetts last month.

According to the NOAA notice:

“Right whale #4143 has rope coming out of both sides of its mouth. The rope also trails beyond the flukes, but the rope does not wrap around the whole body. Fortunately, the whale’s overall condition is good, and he was observed feeding during the aerial sighting. Given the long distance from shore, experts were unable to safely travel to the last known location of the whale during daylight to attempt a rescue. NOAA Fisheries and our partners will monitor this whale and attempt to respond to the entanglement, if possible, as weather and safety conditions allow.”

SourceNOAA
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John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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