A BABY humpback whale has died after it and its mother became entangled in shark nets off the Gold Coast.
The pair were spotted caught up in nets offshore of Broadbeach on Saturday morning.
But, despite the best efforts of rescuers to free the giant mammals, the newborn calf could not be saved.
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Speaking to reporters on Saturday afternoon, rescuers confirmed the newborn humpback had sadly passed away.
The calf’s mother, however, survived the struggle and has since swum away.
The female was estimated to be up to 9 metres in length.
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