Sedation Used For First Time To Free Entangled Right Whale; 'New Tool In The Large Whale Disentanglement Toolbox'
WOODS HOLE, Massachusetts -- On Friday, March 6, 2009, for the first time ever, a North Atlantic right whale that had been severely entangled in fishing gear, was administered a sedation mixture that made it possible for rescuers to remove 90 percent of the entanglement. The rescue involved the efforts of a multi-institutional team including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), NOAA Fisheries, which manages the Atlantic Large Whale Disentanglement Network based at the Provincetown (MA) Center for Coastal Studies, the University of Florida’s Aquatic Animal Health Program, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Coastwise Consulting Group.
The new sedation technique slows the whale's reaction time, allowing boats to approach the animal and remove the fishing gear.(Georgia Wildlife Trust)
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