Last Friday a 40-ton humpback whale was found in Cape Cod Bay entangled with a buoy line around its flukes, unable to swim.
The Marine Animal Entanglement Response Team at the Center for Coastal Studies sprang to action when the call came. In just twenty or so minutes they were at the entanglement site in their 35-foot boat Ibis. Scott Landry, director of the team, said team members used a grappling hook to catch the buoy line.
Using special 30-foot-long tools - essentially very sharp knives on the ends of poles - team members worked to cut the line.