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You've seen the pictures -- dolphins, fish, and turtles lie trapped, writhing and dying in abandoned fishing nets, permanently wrecking the...

You've seen the pictures -- dolphins, fish, and turtles lie trapped, writhing and dying in abandoned fishing nets, permanently wrecking the fragile balance of our ocean ecosystems. These "ghost nets," as they're called, are a particular problem on the vast coastline of Chile, where landfills are privatized, and where fishermen have to dispose of old nets on their own. Even if the infrastructure was in place to do so effectively, many can't afford to cover the price.

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Still on a bit of a buzz after writing about pato, Argentina’s indigenous hybrid of polo, basketball, and soccer, I found myself wondering: What will be the pato of the 21st Century? In other words, what sport will crossbreed a timely transportation technology (as pato did with the horse, frontier Argentina’s ride of choice) with put-the-rock-in-the-basket scoring?

I’ve written a bit about the phenomenon that is bike polo, and I’ll have more to say about that excellent sport in this space soon. But let’s dig a little deeper into the sporting underground.

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