Whale Was Entangled In One Mile Crab Net – Watch how She Reacts As Divers Come Closer –
That remarkable day, James Moskito had no idea he would have an unforgettable encounter with a humpback whale. James was diving when he noticed the giant creature. The animal was acting oddly. After breaching the surface and staring straight at James, the whale did not return back under water. Soon enough, Mr. Moskito and other divers realized there was something troubling the animal. It was tangled in ropes attached to a series of heavy crab pots. After hours of cutting and untangling, the guys were thanked by the whale.
Almost one thousand whales, dolphins, and porpoises die every day in nets and fishing gear. Accidentally caught non-target species are known as bycatch. The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy identifies bycatch as the greatest global threat to cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). Marine experts estimate that more than 300,000 cetaceans are killed by fishing gear every year.
Fishing nets are killing at-risk species of dolphins and porpoises. Ten species are included in a list of populations conservationists say require urgent action to prevent further extinction: Irrawaddy dolphins (inhabiting the waters of Philippines and Southeast Asia), Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (native to Zanzibar waters), Harbor porpoises (found in the Black Sea), Spinner dolphins and Fraser’s dolphins (living in the waters of Philippines), Atlantic humpback dolphins (inhabiting Ghana and Togo’s waters), Burmeister’s porpoises of Peru, Franciscana dolphins (living near Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil), Commerson’s dolphins (swimming in the waters of Argentina).
Some countries have introduced mandatory limitations to prevent bycatch. In U.S. waters, gillnets are now prohibited in some coastal areas. Pingers, acoustic devices that warn or scare dolphins, porpoises, and whales away from fishing nets, became mandatory in other areas. In European Union waters, the use of drift nets for tuna in the Atlantic and Mediterranean was banned in 2002. Pingers are also becoming mandatory for all E.U. gillnet fisheries.