2022 Koholā (Whale) Season

Entangled mother humpback with calf freed of gear off Maui

February 14, 2022

On Monday, February 14, 2022, a NOAA-led team of trained responders freed an entangled adult female humpback whale outside Lahaina Harbor, Maui, in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. The adult female, accompanied by her calf and a male escort humpback, had a tight wrap of moderate gauge line wrapped around her head in front of her pectoral flippers. The wrap also included a large bundle of marine debris.

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