MIAMI, March 27 (UPI) — A fisherman says he notified the U.S. Coast Guard after sighting a humpback whale in Biscayne Bay near Miami.
After Tim O’Hare reported the whale Friday afternoon, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sent a biologist to look for the animal, WFOR-TV, Miami, reported.
“We have seen absolutely everything there is to see. I grew up here in Miami, 47 years in Miami. I have never seen anything like this,” O’Hare told the TV station. “She was in 15 feet of water and going shallower and I thought she was going to try and beach herself.”
NOAA tracked a humpback a few days ago off St. Lucie County north of Palm Beach and says it may be the one in Biscayne Bay. The St. Lucie whale, accompanied by a calf. was entangled in a rope attached to an anchor or grappling hook.
Jamison Smith said rescuers will try to get close enough to the whale to attach a satellite tag but may not be able to free it if it is entangled. He said a rescue would depend on sea conditions and whether people with training are available.
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