The devastating effects of debris on sea lions and seals has been highlighted in a video by fishing authorities in Alaska.

Horrific images show the marine animals with their necks tightly bound and cut with bands and fishing nets and others with fishing lures hanging from their mouths.

In one of the more gruesome images a dead sea lion can be seen pinned by her flippers in a windsock, which led to her drowning.

It is thought that many of the animals become trapped in plastic bands when they are young.

But as they get older and grow, the bands slowly cut into their bodies, which can lead to strangulation.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released the video to highlight the effects of fishing gear and other debris on the animals. Read More

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