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Nearly 1,000 dolphins and whales die every day due to fishing gear entanglement

As the influence of fishing, whaling, netting and pleasure boating continues to expand, the danger to the mammals of the sea continues to grow. 

A study published in the October 2012 journal Conservation Biology found that most large whale deaths over the past 40 years was cause by entanglement in fishing gear. [Yahoo News]

In 2010 a horrifically entangled gray whale, nicknamed Lily, made national headlines when she stranded herself side of Dana Point Harbor. To raise awareness Capt. Dave authored the award winning book, “Lily, A Gray Whale’s Odyssey”, a magnificent photographic journey of a gray whale’s migration. Shortly after the publication of his book, Captain Dave was involved in the rescue of another entangled whale, nicknamed Bart. Watch the dramatic rescue video of Bart below.

Captain Dave, who has been personally involved in multiple disentanglements and formed Orange County's first whale disentanglement group in 2008, is a passionate spokesperson for this issue. He is frequently called upon as a guest speaker and has appeared on the Ellen Show, CBS This Morning, and the local news.

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