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