Sedatives Used to Free Whale from Fishing Line

Sedatives Used to Free Whale from Fishing Line

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blue whales photo by NOAAResearchers have a new tactic to save endangered whales tangled in fishing line: Get them to calm down with sedatives shot from a dart gun so they can pull closer and cut the potentially fatal gear away.

The method recently helped to free a young North Atlantic right whale from about 50 feet of line wrapped through its mouth and around its flippers.

(READ the AP article at Yahoo News)

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