Fresh calls to ban shark nets after baby whale caught in net on Gold Coast

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?”

PHOTO: Supplied | Humane Society International and the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

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.”

PHOTO: Supplied | Humane Society International and the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

“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.

World Mental Health Day: Gold Coast clinic to host ‘pet therapy’ with miniature ponies

Adorable animals will be on hand at the Coast’s largest private mental health facility today, in a bid to encourage pet therapy this World Mental Health Day.

From 11.00am, Currumbin Clinic will host pet therapy for patients, carers, visitors and staff with miniature ponies, goats, dogs, chickens and snakes.

It’s all part of the Clinic’s week-long, national mental health week activities to reduce the stigma around mental illness while encouraging awareness, discussion, socialisation and wellbeing for Gold Coasters.

Currumbin Clinic CEO, Kate Cross says that with around 1 in 4 Gold Coasters impacted by depression and anxiety, it is “extremely rewarding” to raise awareness.

“There are many proven benefits of pet therapy,” Ms Cross says.

“Research shows that interacting with animals can lower blood pressure, decrease depression and anxiety, lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation, encourage communication, and improve socialisation and a sense of community.”

“Our hospital policy allows approved support dogs onsite, and soon we will have our own Currumbin Clinic therapy dog onsite to support patients with their healing process.”

Currumbin Clinic’s mental health week calendar also includes a Ninja Warriors hospital visit, food truck and musical jam session, hospital movie nights and a “wear your blues” day for men’s mental health.

All proceeds raised during the week will be donated to LIVIN, a Gold Coast business that promotes wellness and positive living for young people through mental health awareness and early education programs.

Do YOU own the Gold Coast’s cutest puppy or kitten?

The search is on… 

Petbarn has just launched what could quite possibly be the cutest competition EVER and they’re calling on Gold Coast pet owners to get involved!

If you own an adorable puppy or kitten (who are we kidding… they’re ALL cute!) then you need to enter your furbaby into Petbarn’s Puppy and Kitten of the Year competition.

All you have to do is take a super cute snap of your four-legged friend looking adorable and upload it to the Petbarn website.

Once it’s up, the public will have the chance to vote for who they think is the cutest puppy or kitten, with the winner scoring the grand prize, a $1000 Petbarn voucher!

“One puppy and one kitten will be crowned Australia’s puppy or kitten of the year, which is determined by the entrant who receives the most votes,” Petbarn says.

“Petbarn will then choose two additional major prize winners and additional runner up prizes in each state and territory.”

The competition kicked off on Monday October 1 and goes until Friday October 26.

For more information, click here.

Seal

Kayaker becomes viral sensation after seal slaps him in the face with an octopus

Ouch.

If there’s one thing you thought would never happen to you in your lifetime, it would be getting a giant octopus hurled in your face by a seal.

But that’s exactly what happened to a shocked kayaker in New Zealand, who has become a viral sensation after the bizarre moment was caught on a GoPro camera.

Kyle Mulinder was paddling with mates in waters off the coast of Kaikoura, on New Zealand’s South Island when the seal suddenly emerged from the water, slapping him across the face with the octopus’ massive tentacles.

“Wrong place, right time!” Mulinder captioned the video on Instagram.

“Yes I got slapped in the face with an octopus by the seal! I know crazy right. Here’s the story…

“Last weekend I was out testing the new #GoProHero7 with @kaikourakayaks and my mate @taiyomasuda. After a fun paddle around the peninsula catching waves we spotted a giant male seal fighting an octopus.

“Before we knew it the fight came to us and well the rest is slap to the face. I’m not sure who got more of a surprise the seal, the octopus or me.”

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Koala Road

How to minimise threats to koalas during peak breeding season

Koalas are on the move around the Gold Coast with peak breeding season underway.

From July to January, koala movement increases as last year’s young disperse from their mothers and adult males try to find a mate.

Unfortunately this means there is increase in the likelihood of koalas coming into contact with key threats such as vehicles, dogs and barriers.

To try and reduce the number of koalas being hit by cars during breeding season, the City of Gold Coast has installed message signs  on koala ‘hot spot’ roads.

These roads include: Guineas Creek Road, Elanora; Simpsons Road, Elanora; Galleon Way, Currumbin Waters; Trees Road, Tallebudgera; Captain Cook Drive, Arundel; Napper Road, Parkwood; Colman Road, Coomera; Foxwell Road, Coomera; Helensvale Road, Helensvale; Discovery Drive, Helensvale and Bonogin Road, Mudgeeraba.

Drivers who frequent these roads or travel through koala habitat areas, are urged to slow down and stay alert for koalas and other wildlife crossing the road, especially between the hours of 6pm and 6am.

Gold Coast dog owners are also being urged to try and prevent koala-dog interactions to help reduce the risk of koalas being injured or killed as a result of dog attacks.

Dog owners are encouraged to safely contain their pets indoors at night or confine them to a veranda or in a garage area. Exclusion fences using smooth metal sheeting or rendered brick surfaces is another good way to prevent koala-dog interactions by impeding koalas’ access to your yard.

To the opposite effect, residents living near known koala habitat without pets are encouraged to install koala friendly fencing to help koalas safely enter and exit your yard and move around as needed.

This could include fencing that is easy to grip and climb, fencing that allows koalas to move under or through easily, or simply timber posts or sturdy shrubs alongside the fence to help them over.

Locals are also reminded to call Wildcare Australia Inc. immediately on 07 5527 2444 (24 hours) should they come across a koala that is sick, injured or trapped.

For more information, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/koalas

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