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Young northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus), tangled in a nylon rope, and dragging grimly behind her a string of nets, cables, and fishing wires. Is doomed to die of hunger or to infect the wound in the neck. USA

© Paulo de Oliveira / Biosphoto

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Shooting date : 2018-01-24

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Hundreds of thousands of marine animals (fish, reptiles, birds and mammals) die every year in abandoned fishing gear in the ocean; cables, ghost nets, fishing lines, etc. Some of them die of drowning, others of hunger, because they are unable to feed themselves and others suffer from infected wounds. It is difficult for animals to defend themselves against these modern dangers for which evolution has not had time to prepare them.


Wild animal / Mammal / Marine mammal / Pinniped / Otary / Furseal / Northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus)

Enumeration / Alone

Health / Ill / Wounded

Species / Relation between species / Man-induced activity

Symbolic image

World sea and ocean / Pacific Ocean / North Pacific Ocean

Area / Marine area / Sea / Temperate sea

Shot / Overview

Shot / Profile shot

Natural resources use / Fauna use / Fishing (activity) / Fishing tackle / Fishing net

Environment / Destruction of biodiversity / Destruction of the environment / Overexploitation / Overfishing

Matter (substance) / Synthetic matter / Plastic

Behavior / Die

Area / Strand / Sand shore

Environment / Waste management / Scrap / Underwater scrap


Environment / Pollution / Water pollution


Individual / Stage of development / Young

Individual / Nobody

Atmosphere / Meteorological phenomenon / Tide / Low tide

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Area / Naturalness / Natural area

Species / IUCN Red List of Threatened Species / Threatened endangered species / Vulnerable (IUCN) VU

Latin keywords

Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Bilateria / Coelomata / Deuterostomia / Chordata / Vertebrata / Synapsida / Mammalia / Carnivora / Otariidae / Callorhinus

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