People fishing for mackerel off the Digby wharf saw a minke whale swimming under the floats on Wednesday, Aug. 2.
John Soles the wharf supervisor saw the whale and asked the office to report it.
“It was swimming slowly and it was all tangled up in rope,” says Soles.
Soles says the whale disappeared about 10:30 a.m. and hasn’t been seen since.
David Cvet of Smith’s Cove volunteers with the Marine Animal Response Society and was called out to investigate the entanglement.
In his report to MARS he gives this account of an interview with mackerel fishermen who saw the whale.
“They claimed that the whale had a net tightly wound around its head and through its mouth, with a section running down the dorsal side of the whale. The netting apparently was making depressions on the skin of the whale.”
Soles says he believes some of the by-standers on the wharf may have taken photos of the animal under the wharf.