Scientists, Coast Guard Searching for Entangled Whale

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

Federal scientists and the Coast Guard are looking for a whale entangled in fishing gear near Juneau.

The humpback was first seen outside Auke Bay on Wednesday by a Gastineau Guiding tour operator. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists spotted it later that day near the southeast tip of Shelter Island while conducting a herring survey.

The whale did not appear to be in distress, says National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Spokeswoman Julie Speegle.

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