Animal welfare officials in Massachusetts say a humpback whale previously entangled in Cape Cod Bay is now swimming free.
A Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises vessel reported the entangled whale Sunday about six miles off Provincetown, prompting a response from a Center for Coastal Studies' Marine Animal Entanglement Response crew. The Cape Cod Times reports the crew worked to remove a line that went from the whale's mouth to the tail stock.
They removed the line and the whale swam away and disappeared.
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Humpback whales, frequent visitors to the waters of Cape Cod, are part of a federal inquiry called an "unusual mortality event" along the Atlantic coast.