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      Entangled Gray Whale With Metal Frame

      Photo: Craig DeWitt/DolphinSafari.com

      What We Know About This Entangled Whale

      April 1, 2017
      A gray whale, migrating north with what appeared to be some type of metal frame around its head, was first seen near Dana Point, California.

      April 3, 2017
      The whale was re-sighted near Santa Barbara. Unfortunately, it was too late in the day for rescuers to attempt a disentanglement.

      April 5, 2017
      The entangled gray whale was seen again off of Piedras Blancas (central California). Based on estimated travel speeds, the animal could be near Monterey, Calif., on April 6.

      The whale is traveling close to shore and averaging speeds of less than 3 knots.

      If You See The Whale

      Call the NOAA Entanglement Hotline at 1-877-SOS-WHALe (1-877-767-9425) or hail the Coast Guard on VHF Ch. 16. Learn more about NOAA’s marine mammal disentanglement network.

      DO NOT approach the whale or try to disentangle it. If you can, stay with the whale from a safe distance and document its location and direction. Take photos or videos when possible.

      In The News

      Orange County Register
      http://www.ocregister.com/articles/crab-748307-asking-orange.html

      NBC Los Angeles
      http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Orange-County-Dana-Point-Entangled-Whale-417981933.html