|Laughing Gull with fish hook in bill and legs too tangled to walk|
|Fishing Lures left on a snag in a tidal lagoon|
After photographing these lures I removed them from the snag and disposed of them properly. The snag wasn't in deep water, it only came to my knees and I don't understand why the fishermen didn't wade out and remove it. I can't understand.
|White Ibis with foot tangled in fishing line|
The fishing line is tangled around the foot so tight of this White Ibis that the foot is extremely swollen and it appeared obviously painful to the bird because it did not place that foot on the ground while I observed it, instead it hopped on the other leg to move on the ground. The Ibis flew off before I could call the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in St. Petersburg to ask for help. Once again I wondered about the face of this beautiful bird.
After my experience with the Laughing Gull tangled in fishing line I had placed the phone numbers for the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary and the park headquarters in my contacts list in my cell phone.
I picked the lure up, placed it in this tree to photograph it and then carried it to a trash receptacle to dispose of it. A pretty simple way of protecting wildlife and people from the dangers of this lure, I wish it were done more often.
|Laughing Gull with fishing line & lure in bill|
|Used fishing line container|
|Double-crested Cormorant in danger|
If you are a fishermen, please dispose of used line, hooks, lures and lead weights properly if at all possible. You could be saving the lives of birds and wildlife and looking after the environment.
They belong on this planet as much as we humans do.