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A deadly necklace of nets and hooks

One of the lucky ones On July 1st 2018 the BBC reported on a seal called Puri that was found by a lifeguard beached off the coast of Norfolk, England. Around its neck was fishing wire which left an open septic wound. The abandoned wire that caused this injury was an extremely thin nylon fishing line that acted like a really slow cheese wire going deeper and deeper into the fat of her neck over time. Alison Cramp, one of Puri’s rescuers, said the seal “must have rolled and rolled continually in the sea trying to get it off but it’s getting tighter and tighter.” The recovery of this little seal will take a substantial amount of time and her life will consist of a mixture of painkillers and antibiotics for months to come. It is impossible to know where the single piece of wire that did such massive damage came from or how long it had been floating in the ocean. Its presence is evidence of a phenomenon known as “Ghost Fishing”, where countless …