Efforts to cut a humpback whale free of gill netting it has been dragging around Southeast Alaska for the last 12 days continue to fail.
Teams from Juneau have made several unsuccessful attempts to cut the fishing gear free from the whale over the weekend. Some gear has been removed, but a “significant” amount remains, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The agency says the whale can breathe and isn’t in immediate danger.
Disentanglement teams are waiting for calmer waters before trying again later this week. A satellite tag that a team in Petersburg attached lets officials track the whale.
Team members say it’s been challenging because the weighted gear is beneath the whale, and because the whale has been evasive.
NOAA spokeswoman Julie Speegle says the whale is in Chatham Strait.
- Between decommissioned defense sites and contaminated currents, the Bering Strait Region is particularly vulnerable to toxic pollution.
- The Tlingit-Haida Central Council, Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization, wants to expand its programs through profits from a business it’s buying.
- But in some cases, like the Kensington Mine, it’s too late.
- While “Annapurna” officially opens Friday at Perseverance Theatre, you can catch pay-as-you-can previews Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.