- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Federal marine mammal experts are hoping the public will help lead them to a humpback whale that became entangled in anchor line in southeast Alaska.

Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the whale was last seen Wednesday as it swam south in Seymour Canal near Windfall Harbor. NOAA is asking the public to report any sightings of the whale, which has been dragging yellow floating line and pink-and-orange buoys.

Officials say NOAA-trained responders arrived at the scene early Wednesday afternoon after receiving reports earlier that day. According to officials, weather prevented responders from freeing the adult whale, which appeared otherwise healthy.

Officials say that anyone who sees the animal should stay at least 100 yards away. They say it would be extremely dangerous to free such a massive animal that is likely stressed.

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