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Sedatives Used to Free Whale From Fishing Line

Animals  (tags: whales, animals, Florida coast, fishing line )

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Researchers 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 was used Jan. 15 off the Florida coast...

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Elsie Au (259)
Friday January 28, 2011, 11:12 pm
Thanks to all the people who helped it.

Nicole McNally (18)
Friday January 28, 2011, 11:41 pm
Fantastic efforts by all involved. It's nice to see true science actually benefiting whales, instead of science being used as an excuse to slaughter them.

Ralph R Sutton (56)
Friday January 28, 2011, 11:46 pm
The more tools they have to help the whales the better. They deserve our thanks and gratitude for their selfless efforts.

Mary L (132)
Friday January 28, 2011, 11:58 pm
Amazing what happens when people care.

Agnes H (144)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 1:52 am
This is GREAT news Anna. I hope it may work with other whales as well. At least we wouldn't loose so many due to the entanglement of fishing lines. Something that really shouldn't happen at all. I do hope we can save more and more whales this way. I can't tell you how pleased I am about this! Thank you Anna.

Denise P (65)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 4:08 am
Nice article and kudos to the people for saving these whales. Noted. Thank you Anna!

Eva O (60)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 5:19 am
Great news! Thank you very much sharing. It is good to see that science can actually help animals (since a lot of the time, we read about animals being tested upon and so on in the name of science)
Thank you for this good news :)

Jill Vickerman (416)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 7:06 am
Thank you Anna., the Northern Right is so endangered, I hope that even if it wasnt, that they would still find a way to help them.

Süheyla C (234)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 9:18 am
Thanks Anna
Thank you shared this news with us. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts would like to thank the authorities for their discoveries in the scientific.

Jeannette A (137)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 9:21 am
If only we would treat all species this thoughtfully...

Trequl M (170)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 10:22 am
Noted with thanks.

Cheryl Ulrich (110)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 10:29 am
It's good to see that all the hard work and effort is paying off ! Hats off to all the rescuers out there !! :)

Kelly D (46)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 10:32 am
I do hate the fact that they get shot from the dart gun thing BUT its good that there doing that for a good cause :) x

Toni C (508)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 10:35 am
Thanks for the good news, Anna. People should do whatever they can to help these poor creatures who get ensnared in nets. By calming them, there is less danger of them hurting themselves, and makes the job a lot easier.

Saturday January 29, 2011, 11:19 am
I'm so glad it worked

linda b (186)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 1:05 pm
Thanks for the great news Anna

Lin Penrose (92)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 2:32 pm
Thanks Anna for this very good news. Tricky work. So Glad it was succesful!

Mary Hall (74)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 2:36 pm
Great news! I hope they continue to perfect & have success with this technique.

Trish K (93)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 3:00 pm
One for the whales. Makes a lot of sense to relax them first. I might be thrashing a bit if there was a line running around my mouth that was tied to my leg so I couldn't move. Thanks for the research Woods Hole and everyone.

Margo R (14)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 3:40 pm
What a terrific story. I'm so glad they helped that whale!

Dotti L (85)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 4:22 pm
Noted with thanks for something good done.

Debbie G (306)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 7:34 pm
Awesome. Thanks.

Angela Weber (27)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 8:07 pm
This is a FABULOUS idea as long as they watch the whales to make sure they wake up fully and don't drown. If this proves effective, it can safe a lot of time and effort for whale rescuers and the whales themselves. Yay!

Kaye S (45)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 9:02 pm
God bless al that help the animals and mammals.

Michelle S (462)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 9:39 pm
The world is a better place because this whale was saved. Thank God and bless this creature. Fishing lines are, along with unregulated fishing and pollution, the worst thing that ever happened to our oceans.

Charlotte V (23)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 10:26 pm
Now this is what I'm talking about...compassion for animals. After all, it's our responsibility to save all animals especially the endangered ones 'cause we're the cause of their death...Global Warming and habitat destruction, and hunting.

Cindy C (125)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 3:47 am
poor little things awww thank you

Colin Hope (243)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 4:20 am
Great news, thanks Anna!!

Carol H (229)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 6:44 am
thanks Anna, noted

Ann L (15)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 5:34 pm
I am glad they have found a more humane way to help these whales when they are tangled in the nets. Thanks for the post Anna.

june bullied (553)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 6:54 pm
good news.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Tuesday February 1, 2011, 5:09 am
Thanks Anna.
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