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Officials search for three entangled whales

February 9, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - The search continues in island waters for three entangled whales. Federal authorities asked for help in locating the animals, which are in danger of severe injury or even death should they not be freed.

"It's a needle in a haystack, I know," said Ed Lyman, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration mammal response manager for Maui. "We rely on the Coast Guard, marine biologists, researchers, people on the shore, the tour boats and, of course, fishermen."

Last Thursday, Lyman attempted to free one whale off the coast of Ma'alaea. After hours of working to remove the twisted fishing nets, the whale disappeared into the water. It has not been spotted since. The troubled whale was originally spotted by visitors on the Maui Diamond charter at 8 a.m. The U.S. Coast Guard was called, which responded with a 45-foot boat. Lyman later arrived on NOAA's boat.

To report a whale in distress, call NOAA at (888) 256-9840.



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