Responders pull 2,000 feet of debris from entangled whale, but some remains

  • Courtesy of Graham Talaber

    When a man with a drone camera saw debris trailing from a black shape in nearshore waters, he feared it was an entangled whale. His belief was confirmed when the “bus-size” animal eventually surfaced.

  • Courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    Fisheries Nearly 2,000 feet of heavy-gauge line that was removed from a humpback whale off Po‘ipu is seen in a truck.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Whale Response team and U.S. Coast Guard personnel prepare disentanglement gear for deployment Wednesday at Coast Guard Station Kaua‘i at Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Members of the mammal-responder team load disentanglement gear onto a U.S. Coast Guard motorized life boat Wednesday at Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor during the team’s efforts to finish the disentanglement efforts on a whale that was reported earlier in the week.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    U.S. Coast Guard personnel and the mammal-responder team wait for departure clearance Wednesday at Coast Guard Station Kaua‘i in Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The mammal-responder team and U.S. Coast Guard personnel launch from Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor Wednesday on a mission to disentangle a whale.

PO‘IPU — Federal and state responders have removed 2,000 feet of heavy-gauge line from an adult humpback whale first sighted off Brennecke’s Beach last Sunday.

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