‘WALL-E’ Scarecrow Stops Diving Seabirds From Getting Stuck

Fish Gillnet Buoy Copyright Andres Kalamees Estonian Ornithological Society

Conservationists at the Estonian Ornithological Society have found a creative way to deter seabirds from diving into fishing nets.

Invented as part of a multinational effort to prevent seabird bycatch, this googly-eyed fellow is mounted on a floating buoy. He works hard too, having accounted for a 25% decrease i log-tailed duck deaths around gillnets in Europe.

Fishing bycatch, which is the number of non-intentionally captured animals in fishing nets and lines, accounts for 400,000+ bird deaths worldwide on a yearly basis. However, with friends like WALL-E around, those birds might just have a fighting chance at life.