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flukematcher/Gale 4:32pm, 19 May 2012
BASMATI:FB Exclusive!
Yesterday, the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) marine animal entanglement response (MAER) team worked to disentangle a humpback whale north of Provincetown. The whale, a female with a young calf, had a relatively minor entanglement, but the team removed some of the gear to minimize the chances of the entanglement becoming more complex. The entanglement was reported by staff aboard a Dolphin Fleet whale watch vessel. The boat stood by to monitor the animal until the MAER team arrived on site.

The whale had a relatively short length of line and two buoys on the flukes. While the entanglement should have been shed by the whale relatively quickly, the team noted that healed scars from a previous entanglement were holding the current entanglement in place. To reduce the chances that her current entanglement would snag on more gear, the team removed one of the buoys and a short length of line during a 4 hour operation. Removal of more of her entanglement was deemed too risky due to the presence of her young calf and the fact that the pair was in a large feeding aggregation of other humpback whales. She will be monitored by the whale watch community and the team believes that her remaining entanglement will be shed naturally over time.

The humpback was identified as Basmati, a 14-year old female with a dependent calf, her second on record, according to the PCCS humpback studies program. Center researchers are very familiar with her lineage, and have documented four generations since the 1970s. Basmati exhibits scarring from previous entanglements, and these may have contributed to this latest incident. Entanglement is one of the leading causes of serious injury and mortality in humpback whales, and Center scientists have determined that more than half of the humpback whales in the Gulf of Maine have scars that were likely the result of having been entangled in lines and nets.
PCCS entanglement response operations are conducted in partnership with Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service under federal permits issued by NOAA. Support for the Marine Animal Entanglement Response team comes from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust and contributions from PCCS members. To report an entangled animal in Southern New England, please call: 1800-900-3622.
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flukematcher/Gale 6 years ago
SABBOT was disentangled by PCCS and Captain John on 6/18/12
ah_kopelman PRO 6 years ago
Thank goodness for the PCCS and entanglement teams!
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flukematcher/Gale 6 years ago
Indeed!!
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flukematcher/Gale Posted 6 years ago. Edited by flukematcher/Gale (admin) 6 years ago
Facebook post about TULIP looking extremely thin. She has a calf.
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flukematcher/Gale Posted 6 years ago. Edited by flukematcher/Gale (admin) 6 years ago
07/03/12 Dusky's 2004 calf was successfully disentangled by Center for Coastal Studies!!!


Dusky
this is DUSKY
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flukematcher/Gale Posted 6 years ago. Edited by flukematcher/Gale (admin) 6 years ago
7/06/12 SERENGETI disentangled by Center for Coastal Studies and others

Their facebook description reads as follows:

BREAKING NEWS! Provincetown team frees entangled humpback whale – second rescue in two days

On Friday afternoon, the Marine Animal Entanglement Response (MAER) Team at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies disentangled another humpback whale off Chatham, the second in the last two days. The team worked with the US Coastguard, local fishermen and recreational boaters to accomplish the task.

Line that was attached to heavy gear at the seafloor was caught in the whales mouth and wrapped around its head, making normal breathing difficult for the animal.

Using a grappling hook to secure the rope beneath the whale, the team then used a hooked knife at the end of a thirty foot pole to make a single cut that released the whale.

The Center’s Humpback Whale Studies program identified the animal as Serengeti, a whale seen recently in local waters. While bruised and abraded by its entanglement, the team expects the whale to make a good recovery. Scars from the entanglement will be monitored by the Humpback Studies program as part of a long term project to better understand the impact of entanglements on the humpback population.

Summer is typically a busy time for the entanglement response team, thanks in large part to the increased number of recreational boaters on the water. Mariners are urged to quickly report any entanglement sightings of whales, sea-turtles and other marine animals to the Marine Animal Entanglement Response Hotline (1-800-900-3622) or the US Coast Guard and stand by the animal at a safe distance until trained responders arrive.

PCCS disentanglement work is supported by a grant from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MA-DMF). Support for the Marine Animal Response Team also comes from grants from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, the Pegasus Foundation, the Hermann Foundation, the Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation, and contributions from PCCS members. All disentanglement activities are conducted under a federal permit authorized by NOAA.

The attached images are for one-time use and the following credit information is a condition of use: "PCCS image. Taken under NOAA permit 932-1905. with authority of the ESA."

Caption: The flukes of Serengeti as the team makes an assessment of the entanglement before disentanglement.
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flukematcher/Gale Posted 6 years ago. Edited by flukematcher/Gale (admin) 6 years ago
Blue Ocean Society sighted what they thought was a lone calf recently (Aug 6) and did get a partial fluke photo... could it be Tulip's calf?

whalesightings.blogspot.com/

Does anyone have photos of Tulip's calf's fluke when they were together?

Here is Joanne M Jarzobski's original post from June:
Facebook post about TULIP looking extremely thin. She has a calf.
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flukematcher/Gale Posted 5 years ago. Edited by flukematcher/Gale (admin) 5 years ago
Foggy~

2013-09-30 Foggy Disentangled Story recorded by Shelley Lonergan or (Pirate's Cove Whale and Seabird Cruises). what a story!!

Grommet~
Original Photo: Thanks to the generosity of Granite State Whale Watch

Grommet stayed near her the whole time and breached when she was released!
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