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Tangled up in Fishing Gear

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Caption: Using a "patient monitoring" device attached to a whale entangled in fishing gear, scientists showed for the first time how fishing lines changed a whale's diving and swimming behavior. The monitoring revealed how fishing gear hinders whales' ability to eat and migrate, depletes their energy as they drag gear for months or years, and can result in a slow death.

Credit: Ari Daniel Shapiro, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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