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Whale entangled in rope off coast of Hawaii

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LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Marine experts are tracking a juvenile humpback whale entangled in hundreds of feet of heavy rope off Hawaii's coast.

Ed Lyman of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary says the situation is "life-threatening."

The estimated 500-feet of rope is in the mammal's mouth and wrapped around its body. Lyman says if the whale stays nearby and the weather cooperates crews will mount a second rescue effort.

Rescuers first tried to free the whale Tuesday after a tour boat spotted the animal about 3 miles off Maui. But rough waters prevented them from removing the rope.

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