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Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 3:23 pm | Updated: 12:59 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

JUNEAU, Alaska - Officials in Juneau are asking the public's help in locating a humpback whale entangled in fishing gear.

The Juneau Empire reports the whale was first seen Wednesday by tour operators just outside Auke Bay, near Juneau, and by state biologists on Thursday.

Tour operators say it was traveling about 3 mph, with a yellow buoy trailing several feet behind the blowhole.

Officials say the whale didn't appear to be distressed and was breathing about every three minutes.

Federal scientists and the U.S. Coast Guard are trying to locate the whale to check its well-being and to determine if intervention is warranted. But they haven't been able to locate it.

If the public sees they whale, they are asked to call the Marine Mammal Stranding hotline or the Coast Guard.

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