9 am Whale Watching Trips - Humpback Whale Sabot Found Entangled
Here is an update from our naturalist Tammy Silva who was aboard the Capt. John & Son IV.
"PCCS worked on the whale until about 4:00 this afternoon. They were able to remove most of the line coming out of either side of the mouth, leaving only a few feet of line left inside. The team is confident that the whale will quickly shed the small piece of remaining gear on it's own once it starts to feed. This is a pretty positive result; hopefully the whale will be re-sighted with no gear at all and if I receive any further updates I will be sure to post them. Thanks again to all of our passengers for your patience and concern for this whale and thanks to Capt. Bob Avila and our crew for a fantastic job today! I'll post a summary and some photos on our blog in the next couple of days!"
Here is some information from our naturalist Michael O'Neill who was aboard the Tails of the Sea. Photos from Michael are below.
"During our morning trip, we came across an entangled whale named Sabot who had line caught in its mouth and was trailing a green buoy behind it. Thankfully the Dolphin IX quickly called the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies disentanglement team who were able to quickly respond to the call. Since the Dolphin IX had to leave the animal and head back to the harbor, we maintained contact via phone and on the radio with the PCCS team and stayed with the entangled animal until the disentanglement team arrived. After many hours of working on the entanglement the PCCS team was able to remove approximately 25 feet of line from the animal including the buoy at the end. The remaining line still caught in the mouth of the whale was deemed a non-lethal entanglement and we are hopeful that the whale will be able to get rid of the remaining line on its own.
Our captains and naturalists will continue to keep an eye out for this whale and will provide the PCCS disentanglement team with additional information and photos if possible. We will also continue to provide updates on this blog and on the Captain John Facebook account.
Once the shark moved on, we spotted Scylla and her calf. Scylla treated us to several fluke-out dives and her calf was busy breaching several times! This calf certainly had a lot of energy! After spending a fair bit of time with these two Humpbacks we headed off to another Humpback named Hancock. Hancock displayed some very aggressive surface feeding, taking huge gulps of water loaded with fish. We got a great change to see those fantastic roquals or throat pleats that expand and allow Humpbacks to take in so much water with each gulp!
And as if all that wasn't enough, on our way home to Plymouth, we came across another mother and calf pair who also had tons of energy! This calf put on a fantastic sequence of breaches, giving our trip a great ending as we headed back to the harbor.