Cutting Fishing Gear Off of Whales Is Not a Way to Save Them (East coast, USA)

The ocean update

Bob Lynch stands on the bow of the Center for Coastal Studies’ response boat, Ibis, preparing to shoot a four-bladed crossbow arrow to cut the ropes entangling a female North Atlantic right whale known as Kleenex.
NOAA/NEFSC/LEAH CROWE / IMAGE COLLECTED UNDER MMPA RESEARCH PERMIT #17335

May 2nd, 2018 (Heather Goldstone). North Atlantic right whales are severely endangered, and entanglement in fishing gear is a leading cause of both deaths and low birth rates. A small Provincetown-based team tries to free as many whales as possible each year, but these efforts are dangerous and not a permanent solution.

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