The Australian Marine Conservation Society and Humane Society International has renewed calls to remove shark nets after a baby humpback whale was injured when it was caught in a net on the Gold Coast today.
The distressed Humpback was spotted struggling in the water at Greenmount Beach around 6.00am on Tuesday, with AMCS and HSI capturing confronting vision of the whale calf entangled in rope.
It was eventually set free by Sea World crews after a difficult and lengthy rescue mission, but sustained a number of abrasions.
This “latest horror” has prompted fresh calls for the Queensland Government to remove the nets in favour of “non-lethal alternatives”.
“Seeing these images of a baby humpback whale entangled in a shark net should be enough to get the Queensland Government to remove the nets,” Lawrence Chlebeck, Marine Campaigner for Humane Society International said.
“How many more animals must suffer in these nets before the Government moves to more effective, non-lethal measures?”
Trevor Long from Sea World was of a similar opinion, calling for the nets to be replaced with drum lines at three southern Gold Coast beaches.
The Kirra net, Greenmount net and the Bilinga net are problem nets because what happens is the mothers bring their calves into that bay to feed them, to rest them, before they turn around to head south,” Mr Long said.
“There’s a lot of these strategic resting sights for these whales up and down the Coast and we’ve got to protect them and look after them.”
“I personally would like to see those three nets removed and replaced with drum lines,” Trevor said.
“We’ve done that in other places in Queensland where there has been no detriment to other bathers safety, so is that something we should look at? Yes absolutely.”
It also comes after an endangered baby scalloped hammerhead shark tangled and drowned in a shark net off the Gold Coast earlier this month, The Australian Marine Conservation Society revealed.