Although having a hook removed probably doesn’t feel great, it allows the healing process to begin. Some hooks don’t rust out, thus the hook remains permanently, slowly creating a bigger wound or causing the body to unnaturally grow around a foreign object.
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"Oceanic White Tip Hook Removal"
This beautiful hook removal was filmed on location in Cat Island in The Bahamas courtesy of Passionate Shark Conservationist, Underwater Photographer and Filmmaker, Leigh Cobb @blondesharkdiver - Hook removal from an endangered oceanic white tip. I hate seeing hooks in sharks mouths and try wherever possible to remove them. This lady was more than grateful as it was stuck on her upper jaw, after 4 slow passes where I could slowly twist it around, I finally managed the final twist !
This formerly widespread and abundant large oceanic shark is subject to fishing pressure virtually throughout its range. It is caught in large numbers as a bycatch in pelagic fisheries, with pelagic longlines, probably pelagic gillnets, handlines and occasionally pelagic and even bottom trawls. Catches, particularly in international waters, are inadequately monitored. Its large fins are highly prized in international trade although the carcass is often discarded. Fishery pressure is likely to persist if not increase in future. Outside of the areas detailed below, this species is under similar fishing pressure from multiple pelagic fisheries, there are no data to suggest that declines would and have not have also occurred in these areas, given there are similar fisheries throughout the range. As such, a precautionary global assessment of Vulnerable is considered appropriate for the oceanic whitetip. Efforts are underway to improve the collection of data from some regions and effective conservation and management of this species will require international agreements.
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