Turtles Caught in Abandoned Net
An abandoned fishing net carrying 17 dead sea turtles was discovered off the coast of Bahia, Brazil days after a storm. One of the biggest threats to sea turtles is being accidentally caught and killed in fishing nets. Trapped in a net, the turtles are dragged through the water with no access to the surface to breathe, causing them to drown. It's estimated that some 4,600 sea turtles are killed by fishing nets and hooks every year in U.S. waters.