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Video Reveals Shocking Footage of Sea Lions Strangled by Debris

The images aren't pretty: Sea lions with shiny fishing lures protruding from their mouths or with their necks tightly bound, even deeply cut, by packing bands once used to secure boxes. Seals with necks tightly encircled by pieces of fishing net.The scientists who study these animals know that becoming entangled with items such as these can injure or even kill the unlucky animals.A video, put together by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, documents the effects of loops, fishing gear and other debris, including a tire and a wind sock — which drowned a sea lion by pinning her flippers to her body. [ See video of entangled sea lions ]The researchers posted the video on YouTube recently to let people know about the problem.The problemsA study of eastern Steller sea lions , which are threatened by extinction, along the southeastern coast of Alaska and northern British Columbia found that plastic packing bands and rubber bands were the most common items to show up around the animal's ne...

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