‘Whale Disentanglement Crew’ Rescues Twenty-Ton Humpback Near New York


This Wednesday, a twenty-ton humpback whale swam into waters near New York harbor and got tangled up in some fishing gear. “It was stuck in a shipping lane,” a spokeswoman from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told the Times. “That’s like being stuck on a highway.” Yesterday, a special “a whale disentanglement crew” was brought in from Massachusetts to free it (Apparently, this happens enough in Massachusetts that it is a job?), which they did, while standing in a tiny rubber boat. The Coast Guard uploaded a video of the rescue, although, unforgivably, they did not add a soundtrack à la Christian the Lion. If you can get “The Humpty Dance” in your head, it makes it more fun.