Whale Tangled in Net in Chesapeake Bay

May 6, 2010

A humpback whale is snagged in a fishing net in the lower Chesapeake Bay.

The 60- to 65-foot whale was discovered Wednesday with its tail tangled in a gill net off of Cape Charles, which is at the southern end of Virginia's Eastern Shore.

John M.R. Bull of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission said a commission plane and vessel are assisting in the efforts to free the whale.

A stranding team from the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach is also at the scene and involved in what a spokeswoman called the difficult and potentially dangerous job of freeing the whale from the net.

The spokeswoman, Joan M. Barns, said humpbacks typically do not venture into the bay.

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