Top 18: Rescued from the Fishing Nets

Worldwide, thousands of marine animals are caught in the fishing nets. Almost one thousand whales, dolphins, and porpoises die every day in nets and fishing gear. This is one of the greatest global threat to cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises). It is estimated that more than 300,00 cetaceans are killed by fishing gear every year.

It is very common to hear stories of sea turtles, whales, dolphins, manta ray and other marine animals entangled in fishing nets “forgotten” in the ocean, causing serious injury and, in most cases, death of these amazing animals. Some of these are lucky enough to cross with people willing to save a life, and next we present you some videos of rescued animals trapped in fishing nets.

Order: random.

1. Giant Leatherback Sea Turtle trapped in fishing nets


2. Green Sea Turtle entangled in fishing line in Hawaii

3. Manta Ray with fishing line wrapped around her pectoral fin in Philippines

4. Humpback Whale entangled in fishing nets

5. Whale Shark trapped in fishing net in Indonesia

6. Manta Ray with fishing line wrapped around her pectoral fin

7. Whale Shark with a large rope cinched around it’s girth

8. Two adult females and three young Sperm Whales entangled in a driftnet

9. Four Whale Sharks trapped in a fishing net

10. Whale Shark with a fishing net stuck around the front portion of its body


11. Bottlenose Dolphin entangled between its mouth and left pectoral fin

12. Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin caught in a crab trap buoy line

13. Whale trapped in fishing nets

14. Whale trapped in sharks nets

15. Northern Right Whale trapped in fishing nets

16. Humpback Whale entangled in fishing nets

17. Humpback Whale baby with fishing gear caught in its tail


18. Humpback Whale entangled in fishing nets