Fog foiled a whale-rescue attempt by a team of marine scientists, who were unable to find a leviathan that is entangled in fishing line off Cape Cod.
The scientists had planned surgery to remove the line from the infected jaw of the 50-foot North Atlantic right whale, one of only about 300 left in the world. But National Marine Fisheries Service spokeswoman Teri Frady said freeing the animal may be easier than expected because aerial photographs show the line has shifted.
The infection eventually would kill the whale. Scientists will try again today to find it.
"We're hopeful that it has loosened and we'll be able, without any extraordinary measures, to make a cut that will free the line," Frady said.