A humpback whale has been spotted making its way through Hog Island Channel in Bourne.

The whale was first reported by marine traffic controllers for the Cape Cod Canal around 12:30 PM, Thursday, July 18. It was located in the area of the Sagamore Bridge.

Bourne Department of Natural Resources director Christopher M. Southwood said the whale was reported still in the channel early Friday morning, July 19, making its way towards Buzzards Bay.

A US Army Corps of Engineers patrol boat escorted it through the canal on Thursday. Boat crew advised all marine traffic to keep its distance while the giant marine animal made its way through the canal.

Wareham Department of Natural Resources reported that on Thursday the patrol boat Parsons provided a security zone for the whale as it swam between Onset Island and Hog Island Channel.

The Wareham department advised anyone on the water to use caution.

“If you are going to be transiting the area please keep a look out, operate at a safe distance from the whale and report sightings to the Coast Guard,” the department stated.

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