Friday, June 17, 2011

Video: Rescuing A Humpback From A Drift Net

I just came across great video posted by Gershon Cohen of fellow Great Whale Conservancy (Earth Island Institute) founder Michael Fishbach and friends saving a juvenile Humpback Whale caught in a drift net this past winter in the Gulf of California/Sea of Cortez.

It's an abject lesson in the perils of even the most local of fishing practices, if it's carried out recklessly. That's no more than a few kilograms of monofilament webbing bringing down an animal that weighs tens of tons and is among the largest animals that's ever inhabited the earth.

Bravo to Cohen and Fishbach, and to others like them.

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