Young humpback whale freed from mooring line, buoy off Maui

  • In this photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, officials remove mooring line and a buoy from a young humpback whale off Ukumehame, Maui, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. Federal officials say the yearling humpback was freed from entanglement in gear that included about 140 feet of line and a plastic trawling buoy. (Rachel Finn/NOAA via AP)

  • In this photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, officials remove mooring line and a buoy from a young humpback whale off Ukumehame, Maui, on Wednesday. (Ed Lyman/NOAA via AP)

HONOLULU — Federal officials say a yearling humpback whale off Maui has been freed from a life-threatening entanglement in mooring gear.