A young humpback whale that was tangled in a fishing net late last week off Little Island Fishing Pier in the Sandbridge area is believed to have freed itself.

The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team, disentanglement experts from the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service were taken by Virginia Marine Police on Sunday to locate the 25 to 30 foot whale Sunday morning, but it was gone, an aquarium news release says.

An aquarium team had attached a buoy with a tracking device to the gear that entangled the whale so that the team could easily find it. 

The NOAA specialists will continue to investigate, the release says.

The experts were not able to match the whale to any others in a whale catalog, but hope to identify it with pictures taken Friday.


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