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Confessions of a Whale Disentangler: Sanctuary Lecture Today

Whale entanglement.  Photo courtesy: Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. [1]

Whale entanglement. Photo courtesy: Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

By Wendy Osher

Marine mammal response manager, Ed Lyman, will be the featured speaker at a lecture tonight hosted by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

The talk, entitled, “A Cut Above: Confessions of a Whale Disentangler,” will explore past adventures and provide an update of the most recent endeavors of the Hawaiian Islands Entanglement Response Network.

The multi-agency response team, led by Lyman, has mounted nearly 130 responses in Hawaiʻi, and freed 17 whales to date.

In March, the team successfully disentangled a humpback whale [2] stuck in fishing gear and line in waters off of Maui.

Tonight’s lecture runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sanctuary Conference Room on South Kīhei Road.