Nets with softballs attached to the handles are used as a ‘gripper’ for the ROV manipulator arm.

Lance Arnold, an educator from Tolland High School in Connecticut, constructed nets for Hercules. Note the softball attached to the end of the handle: it's a "gripper" for the ROV manipulator.

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