A humpback whale spotted near Maui has been freed of braided line caught in its mouth.

  • In this Friday Jan. 12, 2018, image provided by NOAA's Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, a humpback whale, that was freed after being entangled, breaches out of the water off Makena Beach on Hawaii's island of Maui. The humpback whale was freed of braided line caught in its mouth on Friday. It was first spotted on Thursday by the captain of a fishing vessel. Rescue teams then went to the scene and began to remove the more than 285 feet (87 meters) of braided line that the whale was trailing. (J. Moore/NOAA's MMHSRP Permit #18786-02 via AP)
  • This Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, image provided by NOAA’s Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program shows a response team near an entangled humpback whale off Makena Beach on Hawaii’s island of Maui. The humpback whale was freed of braided line caught in its mouth on Friday. It was first spotted on Thursday by the captain of a fishing vessel. Rescue teams then went to the scene and began to remove the more than 285 feet (87 meters) of braided line that the whale was trailing. (C. King/NOAA’s MMHSRP Permit #18786-02 via AP)

  • This Friday Jan. 12, 2018, image provided by NOAA’s Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program shows an entangled humpback whale with line running from both sides of its mouth, spotted off Makena Beach on Hawaii’s island of Maui. The humpback whale was freed of braided line Friday. It was first spotted on Thursday by the captain of a fishing vessel. Rescue teams then went to the scene and began to remove the more than 285 feet (87 meters) of braided line that the whale was trailing. (J. Moore/NOAA’s MMHSRP Permit #18786-02 via AP)

  • In this Friday Jan. 12, 2018, image provided by NOAA’s Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, authorized responders work to free entangled humpback whale off Makena Beach on Hawaii’s island of Maui. The humpback whale was freed of braided line caught in its mouth on Friday. It was first spotted on Thursday by the captain of a fishing vessel. Rescue teams then went to the scene and began to remove the more than 285 feet (87 meters) of braided line that the whale was trailing. (N. Davis/NOAA’s MMHSRP Permit #18786-02 via AP)

  • This Friday Jan. 12, 2018, image provided by NOAA’s Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program shows an entangled humpback whale with line running from both sides of its mouth, spotted off Makena Beach on Hawaii’s island of Maui. The humpback whale was freed of braided line Friday. It was first spotted on Thursday by the captain of a fishing vessel. Rescue teams then went to the scene and began to remove the more than 285 feet (87 meters) of braided line that the whale was trailing. (J. Moore/NOAA’s MMHSRP Permit #18786-02 via AP)

WAILUKU, Hawaii — A humpback whale spotted near Maui has been freed of braided line caught in its mouth.

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