2. When fishing for “black cod,” fishermen used to employ long lines of baited hooks, but something kept eating the fish before the lines were reeled in (they now light-weight collapsible pots). What was it?
The answer is whales. “Getting whaled” is so pervasive fishery managers allowed black cod (sablefish) fishermen to switch from baited lines to rigid pots in the Bering Sea in 2008 and in the Gulf of Alaska starting in 2017. (Interestingly, killer whales rob the hooks in the Bering Sea, while sperm whales are the culprits in the Gulf.)” The Cordova Times