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  Entanglement

Entanglement is one of the primary threats to humpback whales. Use the links below to find out more about the issue, what is currently being done, and how you can help.


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The Threat and Impact of Large Whale Entanglements
Entanglement threatens humpback whales and many other marine animals. It has been estimated that over 300,000 cetaceans die each year worldwide as a result of entanglements. The sources of these entanglements are extensive and diverse. Learn more about the problem and the impact.
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Download a one page information sheet on disentanglement response efforts.

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Hawaiian Islands Disentanglement Network
The Hawaiian Islands Disentanglement Network is a community based network that was formed in 2002 in an attempt to free endangered humpback whales and other marine animals from life threatening entanglements and at the same time gather valuable information that will help mitigate the issue of marine debris and future entanglements.
Large Whale Disentanglement
Learn more about the equipment and technique used to tag and disentangle large whales.


Entanglement Responses, Outcomes & Summaries
Find out more about the reported entanglements and responses. Also, learn about the type of gear that has been removed from rescued animals.



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Recent Rescue News
Learn about recent efforts to rescue humpback whales from entanglement!
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How You Can Help
Learn more about how to report entangled whales and how you can support rescue efforts.


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