Italian divers to the rescue!
- 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.