Shock

Vaquita actually don’t drown when they get entangled in gillnets. Despite being able to hold their breath for long periods of time, they quickly go into a state of shock and their heart stops usually before they can escape. This is a natural, but very unfortunate, reaction that eliminates the possibility of catch-and-release in gillnet bycatch.

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2 thoughts on “Shock

  1. This is new to me. I know that they experience extreme stress when captured and die. So basically they panic and have a heart attack when entangled in gill nets??

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