Italian divers to the rescue!

30 Jun 2020

Italian divers to the rescue!

World Economic Forum
  • Italian divers have freed a sperm whale caught in discarded fishing nets.
  • It is just one of many whales, dolphins, turtles and other marine mammals that get caught in ghost nets each year.
  • Clean-ups are taking place around the world, and it’s hoped education and cooperation across the seafood supply chain will help curb ocean litter.

Just because a net is no longer being used doesn’t mean it can’t continue to catch things. Italian divers have freed a sperm whale entangled in a fishing net off the northern coast of Sicily.

The coastguard was alerted to the stricken mammal by biologists working in a nearby turtle recovery centre. A team of divers was dispatched to cut the whale free, which had a large amount of net and floats wrapped around its tail.

After being freed, the whale swam off, apparently unharmed.

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