Another whale tangled in nets

 A whale is caught in nets off Rainbow Beach, near Gympie on Thursday.

The Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol’s Marine Animal Release Team is heading to the scene, which is not far from where many mothers give birth at Hervey Bay.

Shark Control Program Manager Jeff Krause said a 5 metre juvenile whale has been caught in the net, with an adult whale nearby.


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“The Marine Animal Release Team was activated after the entanglement was reported by the government shark contractor this morning,” Mr Krause said.

“The team is on location and undertaking preparations to cut the whale free from the nets.

“Sea conditions are very good for the team to assist in the release of the whale.”

This is the eighth whale this migration season to be caught in shark control equipment in Queensland.  Several of those cases were on the Gold Coast.

Approximately 20,000 whales are currently making their return journey at the end of the migration season.

For more information on the Shark Control Program and the Marine Animal Release Team, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au

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