Target: Mackie Greene, Leader of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team
Goal: Applaud the whale rescue team for its heroic efforts in saving a tangled humpback whale
A nine-year-old whale, identified by the Center for Coastal Studies as Hangglide, found himself tangled in two lobster trawls. Hangglide was 50 miles away from the Bay of Fundy shore and anchored to the sea floor, unable to free himself. Luckily, a whale watching boat was nearby and witnessed the trapped whale and alerted the Campobello Whale Rescue Team.
After learning how far Hangglide was from shore, Mackie Greene, the leader of the whale rescue team, requested safety support from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which agreed to send out two vessels to assist the whale rescue team in saving the humpback whale. Using specialized equipment, the Campobello Whale Rescue Team was able to attach the whale to its boat and begin the disentanglement process. After four hours of relentless effort, the whale rescue team successfully cut the gentle giant loose.
If not for the quick actions of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team, Hangglide could have easily drowned. The team’s efforts helped save a majestic, gentle creature from an unfortunate death. Sign this petition and applaud the Campobello Rescue Team for the successful disentanglement operation.
Dear Mr. Greene,
It has come to my attention that you and your whale rescue team recently saved the life of a trapped humpback whale. The humpback whale, identified by the Center for Coastal Studies as Hangglide, was tangled in two lobster trawls. I cannot imagine the fear Hangglide must have felt as he was anchored to the sea floor, unable to free himself. Thankfully, he had the Campobello Whale Rescue Team to save him from his near-death experience.
I am in great admiration of your relentless whale rescue efforts. Disentangling a humpback whale from lobster trawls must not have been an easy operation, but your team persevered and managed to free Hangglide from the trawls in just four hours.
Although the population of humpback whales have since partially recovered from the brink of extinction in 1966, entanglement in fishing gear and lobster trawls still remains a threat toward this species. I would like to thank you for your quick actions and heroic efforts to save this majestic, gentle creature.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Terry Howard via Wikimedia Commons