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What the heck are these things washing up beaches?

 

March 15, 2020



By KIMBERLY MILLER, The Palm Beach Post undefined

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Makeshift contraptions for catching sea life off west Africa are landing on Florida beaches like hobo fishermen, drowning turtles and bashing coral heads in a current-driven journey across the tropical Atlantic.

Called "detached fish aggregating devices," or FADS, the sometimes raft-like structures can get sucked into the North Equatorial Current and travel as far as the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Florida. One was found on Palm Beach this month.

Often made from refuse — oil jugs or bamboo sticks lashed together...



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