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Horrifying moment a huge humpback whale gets caught in shark net on the Gold Coast

Horrifying moment a huge humpback whale gets caught in shark nets before rescuers try to set it free

  • Experts are working to free a whale caught in a shark net off the Gold Coast 
  • Government’s animal release team and Sea World experts working to free whale
  • The incident has ignited calls to remove shark nets during migration season  


Experts are working to free a whale caught in a shark net off the Gold Coast, reigniting calls to remove the devices during the migration season.

It’s the first entanglement so far this year as whales head north to warmer waters.

But Queensland typically sees a number of such incidents each migration season, and conservation groups have long demanded shark control nets be removed while whales are passing through.

A humpback whale has gotten caught on shark nets off Coolangatta on the Gold Coast Wednesday morning

The government’s animal release team is working to free the animal from the net off Coolangatta, with the help of Sea World experts.

Sea Shepherd Australia said shark nets have taken a heavy toll on whales over the past decade.

‘Since 2011, at least 49 whales have been caught in these shark nets and on drumlines,’ the group’s shark campaigner Jonathan Clark said on Wednesday.

Sea Shepherd is advocating for less destructive forms of shark control, such as drones.

NSW already removes shark nets to protect whales during their migration, and Sea Shephed says Queensland must immediately do the same.

Queensland government's animal release team and Sea World rescuers have been working to free the animal

Queensland government’s animal release team and Sea World rescuers have been working to free the animal 

This is the first whale entanglement in the devices this year as whales head north for warmer waters during migration season

This is the first whale entanglement in the devices this year as whales head north for warmer waters during migration season

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