Humpback Whale Freed From Entanglement In Unalaska Bay

Oct 25, 2018

Using a knife attached to a pole, John Moran cuts fishing line tangled around the young humpback whale. Moran is a biologist and responder with NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Juneau.
Credit Andy Dietrick / NMFS (NOAA MMHSRP Permit # 18786-03)

Unalaskans helped to free a humpback whale last weekend after it was caught in fishing lines and buoys in Unalaska Bay.

The response team included Unalaska residents, as well as officials from NOAA, the City of Unalaska, and Alaska Sea Grant.
Credit Andy Dietrick / NMFS (NOAA MMHSRP Permit # 18786-03)

A responder with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) led the disentanglement team, which included local port officials, NOAA officers, and residents like Andy Dietrick and Dan and Sue Magone.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel spoke with John Moran about his team's 12-hour response that spanned two days.

If you see a marine mammal in distress, report the sighting to the Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 1-877-925-7773.