- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) - A Cape Cod marine science center says a team of its rescuers freed a humpback whale off of Provincetown that had been entangled in fishing gear and attacked by a great white shark.

The Center for Coastal Studies says its Marine Animal Entanglement Response team freed the badly entangled whale on Stellwagen Bank on Saturday. The whale was spotted about five miles north of Provincetown.

The center says the whale was hogtied from mouth to tail and sustained bite injuries from a white shark. Scientists are identifying the shark as a 14-foot female that researchers tagged last year. They say this was the first sighting of the shark this year.

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