BOSTON (AP) - Members of a marine entanglement emergency team have released a minke whale that had become entangled in fishing gear about ten miles outside Boston Harbor.

A spokeswoman said experts from the Provincetown-based Center for Coastal Studies released the animal on Friday afternoon. Whale researchers located the entangled whale while in the area earlier in the week.

The juvenile whale had a buoy line wrapped tightly around its lower jaw. Experts from the Marine Animal Entanglement Response team returned to the location on Friday and saw the whale swimming in large circles, indicating that it was anchored in place by the fishing gear.

The spokeswoman said the whale swam off after members of the emergency response team cut the line.