January 25, 2011

Daytona Beach News Journal: Whale Freed in Rare At-Sea Sedation

Here's a very cool story about a right whale that was in distress along the Atlantic seaboard. Fortunately, NOAA Scientist were able to intervene and give this story a happy ending. Make sure to click the full story link for photos and an 11 second up close video.

By DINAH VOYLES PULVER, Environment writer
January 19, 2011 12:05 AM

An endangered right whale swam south along the Florida coast this week, free of 50 feet of rope that had been wrapped around its head and flippers after scientists performed their second-ever sedation at sea.

Scientists successfully sedated the young female whale and cut the rope away on Saturday in the open Atlantic Ocean east of Cape Canaveral, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries service announced Tuesday.

It was only the second such operation ever to be completed on one of the rare whales...

Read the full story (with pics/video)

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