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Canadian fishery officials search for rare, injured right whale entangled in fishing gear

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PORTLAND, Maine — Canadian fishery officials are searching for a badly injured North Atlantic right whale that appears to be entangled in fishing lines.

North Atlantic right whales are severely endangered, with the population believed to be about 400. Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada began an aerial search for the injured whale on Tuesday. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials spotted the whale on Sunday entangled in multiple fishing lines and in poor condition.

NOAA says the whale was among a group of about two dozen right whales about 180 nautical miles east of Provincetown and was too far at sea for a U.S. ship-based disentanglement team to respond.

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