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Whale Off Central Oregon Coast Needed Rescuing,
|Whale 'spyhop,' courtesy Whale Watch Center
(Newport, Oregon) – Late Friday afternoon, as a myriad
of frenetic activity was happening on the north Oregon coast that involved
baby seals or deceased animals washing up, the Seaside
Aquarium got yet another call about a marine animal emergency. This
time, it was on the central coast.
Since manager Keith Chandler and other employees are part
of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, it’s also their job to look
into any animal or fish that washes up – dead or alive. In this
instance, a whale caught in a bunch of crab pots near Newport caused U.S.
Coast Guard officials to call network members on the central coast. But
since none were available, Chandler’s was the first contact name
they came to where the call actually got through.
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“I was the only one available,” Chandler said.
“So they called me to report in what was happening. That’s
what they have to do in cases like this: report it to the Marine Mammal
Over 100 miles away, of course Chandler could do nothing.
Neither could the U.S. Coast Guard, technically, according to Petty Officer
Keith Schowalter, with the Command Center in North Bend.
|Whale breaching on north coast (photo Seaside Aquarium)
Schowalter said it was their job to only monitor the situation
as a fishing boat named the Riptide discovered a whale in distress, about
four miles west of Newport.
“The Riptide was coming back into Newport and Yaquina
Bay when he noticed a whale caught in someone else’s crab pots,”
The fisherman, who was alone on the boat, tried for two
hours to extricate the whale from the crab pots, with a little progress.
Schowalter said darkness rolled in, and the man called it quits, heading
back into port.
“He recovered some of the crab pots,” Schowalter
said. “But he was the only one on the vessel, so he went back to
try and get others to come out and help him with the whale. He couldn’t
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Schowalter said the crab pots did not belong to the fishermen,
and the man did not know to whom they belonged.
|Yaquina Bay, Newport
Morris Grover, head of the Whale
Watch Center in Newport, said whales periodically get themselves caught
in these crab pots out on the Oregon coast. If they aren’t freed
somehow, they will suffocate underwater because they can’t surface
The next morning, early Saturday, another north coast resident was called
in about the situation. Dave Pastor owns the liquor store in Cannon Beach,
but is also a freelance videographer who often contributes video of breaking
news on the Oregon coast to various TV stations in Portland and to the
Associated Press. He was alerted by KATU-TV and the U.S. Coast Guard and
made ready to jump down to the area to film the rescue.
said he was waiting as a coast guard helicopter did some flybys that morning
around the coordinates given by the fisherman, in an attempt to spot the
got the call about 11 a.m.,” Pastor said. “The coast guard
copter was ordered to fly over the area to look for it, but they couldn’t
find it by that time.”
Pastor said this likely meant someone in the Marine Mammal
Network on the central coast had been alerted to the situation by then,
and they probably ordered the fly over.
The fact that the whale had disappeared meant either
a really happy ending or a bad one, Chandler said. “He’s either
ok and freed himself – or he’s dead.”
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