Humpback Whale Makes Way Through Cape Cod Canal

Beth Treffeisen - A humpback whale put boaters on alert Thursday as it made an unusual journey through the Cape Cod Canal.

Canal marine traffic controllers received the report of the whale at about 12:30 p.m., according to Timothy Dugan, spokesman for the New England District Army Corps of Engineers. Patrol boat crews and park rangers located the whale in the area of the Sagamore Bridge, he said.

The patrol boat Belmont helped escort the whale during its transit, monitoring its position and ensuring all marine traffic stayed away from the whale until it left the canal, Dugan said.

There was no large commercial traffic during the time of the whale’s journey, Dugan said. Traffic controllers alerted yachts, fishing vessels and small recreational boats in the canal of the whale’s presence, he said.

“This is highly unusual for the area but always possible,” the Wareham Department of Natural Resources posted on its Facebook page Thursday.

The department reported that the humpback continued its journey down Hog Island Channel toward Buzzards Bay.