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Sunday, March 15, 2009

New Hope for Whale Rescues

March 11, 2009

Historic whale operation off Volusia coast

The future of a right whale recovering from being tangled in 380 feet of rope for two months may never be known, but the story of how the rope was cut away signifies a major step in treatment for the critically endangered species.

A team of right whale experts sedated the whale while it swam free in the ocean near Ponce Inlet -- the first time in the world such a procedure has ever been successful, said Jamison Smith, disentanglement coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Fisheries Service.

It's a "huge" advance, Smith said, because it creates safer conditions for the whales and humans during attempts to remove deadly fishing gear.

Complete article at http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/News/Enviro/bchHEAD02ENV031109.htm

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