This Whale Almost Died, Saved By Boaters And One Small Knife

Gillnets are known to kill a lot more than their intended prey. Bycatch, unintended victims of gillnets, ranges from inedible fish to sea turtles to dolphins and whales.

Luckily for this young humpback, a group of boaters came along just in time to save it from drowning. While this video has a happy ending, the near-death of a beautiful creature in an unattended net serves as warning that regulations meant to protect marine mammals from such harm may not be sufficient. —Sean McCoy

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Managing Editor Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in Denver, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.

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