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posted by martyb on Sunday July 16, @12:54PM   Printer-friendly
from the are-there-any-wrong-whales? dept.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/14/537271940/noaa-halts-whale-disentanglement-efforts-after-rescuer-dies

After a noted emergency responder died in rescuing an endangered right whale, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it's suspending efforts to free whales that are similarly trapped by fishing lines and gear.

News of the suspension comes as the whale rescue community mourns Joe Howlett, a Canadian who died during a rescue operation on Monday. Howlett, a former fisherman and boat captain, had founded a whale rescue team and was based in Campobello Island, just across the border from Lubec, Maine.

Howlett died after freeing a right whale in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence. At the time, he was aboard a fast response vessel and had just cut the whale loose — an operation that often involves using long poles with blades on the end to sever crab floats and fishing lines that have become wrapped around the large mammals.

"His colleagues reported that he was struck by the animal as it sped away," Maine Public Radio reports.

[The Maine Public Radio story notes "There are believed to be just 500 Right Whales remaining in the world." -Ed.]


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @01:21PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @01:21PM (#539885)

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @04:09PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @04:09PM (#539920)

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @02:28PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @02:28PM (#539895)

    Died doing what he loved.

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @02:43PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @02:43PM (#539898)

      Died doing what he believed was a worthy cause.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @03:24PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @03:24PM (#539906)

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    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @02:32PM (#539896)
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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by frojack on Sunday July 16, @10:01PM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Sunday July 16, @10:01PM (#540050) Journal

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 17, @12:26AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 17, @12:26AM (#540090)
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