Randy Boswell, Postmedia News · Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011
A young North Atlantic right whale representing the future of Canada’s most endangered species is being closely monitored off the Florida coast following a dramatic rescue effort in which U.S. wildlife officials disentangled the creature from a potentially deadly web of fishing lines — possibly trailed for thousands of kilometres from the whale’s summer feeding grounds near Nova Scotia.
Experts from several U.S. conservation agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Florida’s state wildlife department, used boats and helicopters to track and untangle the whale from at least 50 metres of rope and other equipment believed to have come from fishing nets or lobster traps in waters far to the north near New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Maine.
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