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Figure 24. Marine turtle bycatch. In addition to threatening many species of sea turtles and sea birds, the World Wildlife Fund estimates that 300,000 small whales, dolphins and porpoises become entangled in fishing nets that are set for other fish. These sea mammals die when caught in fish nets because they cannot surface for air. This unintended snaring is the single greatest cause of death for small whales, dolphins and porpoises.1