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Archerfish: fishing for mines

Sea mines may seem an archaic hangover from a largely forgotten era of naval warfare, but they remain just as real and present a danger for sailors today as they did in earlier times. The deployment of mines has dropped dramatically since the two World Wars, which saw both sides lay them by the thousand; but nevertheless, according to some estimates, ships are around 200 times more likely to be attacked by mines than anything else.

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