Rescuers raced to save a humpback whale that was found entangled in a braided fishing line Friday.
The whale, which was spotted on Thursday near the Hawaiian island of Maui, was caught in the line by its mouth, reports said.
A fishing vessel came across the mammal, and worked to free the creature from the 285-foot line.
The agencies say the whale was active on Thursday, and with sunset approaching, crews put a tracking buoy on the line and came back to finish the job Friday, according to reports.
Federal and state agencies say the whale has an excellent chance of survival.