Furthermore, fishing equipment can be dangerous to sea creatures they’re not intended for. One example is crab traps, which are unsurprisingly designed to catch crustaceans. Generally, these cages are left on the sea floor where floatation devices on the attached ropes mark their locations.
However, the cages don’t just catch crabs. If the traps somehow float away or fishermen abandon them, they can snare animals as large as whales. This is especially the case off both coasts of the U.S.A. Even watched traps might accidentally snag unsuspecting marine life.
That’s exactly what happened in Jacksonville, Florida, on February 23, 2016. Two members of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO), Officer Brad Smith and Lieutenant Steve Mullen, were patrolling at sea. JSO stated on its social media that the officers were two miles away from Hanna Park, a 1.5 mile beach in Jacksonville.