Target: Large Whale Entanglement Response Coordinator of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Ed Lyman
Goal: Thank crew members for risking their lives to save a humpback whale tangled in heavy fishing line.
A 45-ton humpback whale tangled in a heavy fishing line in Hawaiian waters for more than week was finally freed. It had initially been spotted by helicopter tour companies near Kona Coast. Thanks to a crew from the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, the whale managed to survive the stressful ordeal with no severe, debilitating injuries. According to sanctuary spokesman Ed Lyman, the crew had used a knife attached to a pole to cut hundreds of feet of heavy line wrapped around the whale’s tail fin.
Entanglements often lead to drowning, starvations, infections, and even a higher chance of collisions with ships. Although the sanctuary was aware of the poor whale’s predicament and sought to take immediate action, the whale moved into rough waters at one point and the first rescue had to be postponed. However, with a bit of patience and determination, the crew finally seized a chance to free the whale by sidling up to it in an inflatable boat.
Lyman recalls the rescue, saying “There was no sudden thrashing. It would trumpet blow, which is a sign of stress. It definitely wasn’t happy with us being there. It didn’t understand.” The whale may have been distressed, but it was only momentary, and the result was well worth it.
Please sign this petition to thank the entire crew from the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary for risking their lives to save a whale entangled in hundreds of feet heavy fishing line.
Dear Ed Lyman,
I want to thank you for your successful efforts in rescuing the humpback whale that had been entangled in fishing lines for more than a week. If it weren’t for you and your dedicated crew, the whale would most likely have drowned or died of starvation. Many sea creatures are prone to entanglement in fishing lines, and unfortunately, not all of them can be spotted or saved.
The work you do is extremely dangerous. I am aware that you and the crew members are constantly risking your lives by enduring rough waters and bad weather conditions, and thrashing whales are always a possibility. Luckily, this particular humpback whale you saved was calm enough for the rescue to be carried out safely and weather conditions worked in your favor.
Again, thank you for rescuing the beautiful animals living in the ocean.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Wwelles14 via Wikipedia