Whale saved from entanglement after 285 feet of rope removed from mouth
An adult humpback whale is free after swimming in Maui waters entangled in rope. According to NOAA officials, the large whale was first reported entangled on Thursday by the captain of a fishing vessel. A trained response team soon deployed and used a small inflatable craft to approach the animal. Officials said the whale became "very active" upon their initial approach, so they waited for it to calm down before attempting to remove the braided rope.