• Sunset view of Glacier Bay and the surrounding Fairweather Mountains.

    Glacier Bay

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Humpback Whale Rescue

humpback whale entangled in buoy and line
Humpback whale entangled in line and buoy
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News Release Date: November 4, 2009
Contact: Chris Gabriele, 907-697-2664

Humpback Whale Rescue
At around 4pm on September 21, 2009, an entangled humpback whale trailing an orange buoy about 150' behind it was spotted by two Park visitors on a vessel in lower Glacier Bay. They reported the sighting to a Park dispatcher via VHF radio, and luckily, two Park vessels were nearby to respond... full story/maps/photos

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