It might look harmless, but it's called "ghost" gear for a reason. Up to 640,000 tons of discarded, lost or abandoned fishing nets, lines, and traps is lost or abandoned by commercial fisheries each year, entangling and endangering marine wildlife; haunting every ocean and sea on the planet.
Ghost gear is the stuff of nightmares for all ocean inhabitants, from dolphins to whales and sea turtles. Viperfish and isopods are at risk, too.
Even great white sharks can't escape ghost gear - so what chance does every other sea creature have?
Help make the sea less of a scary place.
Despite the seriousness of this situation, there is some good news. You can help save ghost gear's victims.
Keep an eye out for ghost gear while you're out spending a day at the beach; pick it up and dispose of it responsibly. Abandoned fishing nets, lines, and traps are all considered ghost gear, but all other marine litter also needs to be removed.
Each time you help clean up, you help save one of our "scary" ocean friends from being entangled by or ingesting it. And by when we help to protect their habitat, these sea creatures may not even scare us so much anymore.
Find out more about how you can help marine animals around the world.