Team frees humpback whale tangled in line off Maui

  • In this photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration an authorized team uses a hooked knife on the end of a long pole to free an entangled humpback whale off Hawaii, on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. (NOAA via AP) (MMHSRP Permit # 18786-06)

  • In this photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration an authorized team uses a hooked knife on the end of a long pole to free an entangled humpback whale off Hawaii, on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. (Van Aswegan/ University of Hawaii/NOAA via AP)

  • In this photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration an authorized team uses a hooked knife on the end of a long pole to free an entangled humpback whale off Hawaii, on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. (NOAA via AP)

HONOLULU — A male humpback whale that was tangled so tightly in heavy line off Maui that his life was in danger has been freed, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday.