Barbed fishing hook, SEM

Barbed fishing hook, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Barbed fishing hook, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The barb (bottom centre) is designed to make it harder for the hook to come free once a fish has been caught. There are concerns that barbs may cause undue suffering to hooked fish.

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