THE Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol’s Marine Animal Release Team has successfully freed a whale from a shark net off Coolangatta on the Gold Coast this morning.
Queensland Shark Control Program Manager Jeff Krause, from the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol, said the 9-10 metre whale was entangled in the net.
“The Marine Animal Release Team was activated after a whale entanglement was reported by a member of the public,” Mr Krause said.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
“Sea conditions were good and the team worked with Sea World and the shark contractor in the release operation.
“Throughout the release the whale was near the surface, which meant it could breathe easily, and the team successfully cut the ropes off.
“We would like to thank Sea World for their assistance, and the member of the public for reporting the entanglement.”
Approximately 20,000 whales are currently making their return journey north at the start of the migration season.
This is only the fourth whale this migration season to be caught in shark control equipment in Queensland.
Anyone who spots a whale or other marine animal tangled in the shark control program equipment should call the 24-hour Shark Hotline on 1800 806 891.
For more information on the Shark Control Program or Marine Animal Release Teams, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au