Written by Jen Finn
PROVINCETOWN — As David Young is steering the Sea Skipper out of Provincetown Harbor toward Race Point, he fondly recalls curious whales coming up to his boat and spitting on him. He's in awe every time it happens.
I think they're beautiful creatures," he says as he maneuvers the 32-foot H& H Osmond Beal toward the buoys that mark his lobster traps. "I've seen a turtle entangled but never a whale."
The Eastham resident and third-generation Provincetown-based fisherman — and brother of oyster shucking world champion William "Chopper" Young of Wellfleet — was recently certified as a whale disentanglement level-two first responder by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through a class sponsored by the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance in conjunction with the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.
"We're all going to be whale-trained, we're first responders, we're going to have all the Cape covered," Young says of himself and fellow fishermen.
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