2 hours ago
More than 650,000 marine animals, including dolphins, whales, seals and turtles, are killed or injured in fishing nets each year 😭
In many cases, animals get caught and die in nets that are being actively used by fishermen.
Yet lost, discarded and abandoned fishing nets referred to as “ghost nets” cause just as much damage, killing hundreds upon thousands of marine animals.
Approximately 640,000 tons of fishing gear are left in our oceans every year.
Left in the ocean, ghostnets become death traps for almost any animal they come into contact with.
The nets may wrap themselves around the animal’s body, and, in the case of a mammal prevent the animal from returning to the surface to get air, causing them to slowly drown.
That net is cutting into flesh and muscles, and it can sever an artery, And if we’re talking about it wrapping around a tail or a flipper, the tissue can become necrotic, and they’ll lose the limb, which can then lead to a slow death...
📸 @ripcurlmy via @protectingoceans