Progress made in freeing entangled North Atlantic right whale in Gulf of St. Lawrence

Right Whale

One of the three entangled, endangered North Atlantic right whales may be on its way to freedom.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says for the first time in several days, weather conditions on Thursday were favourable for search and rescue operations.

The three North Atlantic right whales were seen entangled in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, off Miscou Island, New Brunswick.

The department says they were able to remove gear from a whale known as number 4-4-2-3, which kept it from using its tail when diving.

Attempts to remove additional gear had to be paused when it got dark.

Surveillance flights continued to search for the two others entangled right whales that were recently observed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The search and rescue operations involve several organizations and people including on-water support from fishery officers, as well as a research vessel from the New England Aquarium.