Whale Entanglement Team (WET)® responded Saturday, 11/25/17, after receiving call about entangled whale in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
During the SPLASH project (Structure of Populations, Levels of Abundance and Status of Humpbacks) project 2004 through 2006, the most comprehensive study ever attempted of the North Pacific humpback whale poplulation. Peggy Stap, founder of Marine Life Studies and co-founder of the WET®, was part of this project both in Maui and in Monterey Bay. One result from this study was that over 50% of humpback whales in the North Pacific had entanglement scars so we knew some of them were throwing the gear. What we did not know is how many have died from entanglements. The WET® crew was thrilled to see this calf free of the entanglement and swimming freely with mom.
The underside of the humpback whale fluke is used to identify indivduals, just as a human fingerprint is different for each individual.
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"Marine Life Studies’ Whale Entanglement Team (WET)® is an integral part of saving whales in NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. WET® provides skilled expertise, tools, data collection, a support vessel and other assets to help save and disentangle whales from ﬁshing gear. We are indebted to this team of dedicated volunteers for all their efforts to free whales, and thank them for their valuable service."
- Paul Michel, Superintendent, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary