‘Man in tinny’ fined after cutting baby whale free from shark nets off Burleigh Heads

UPDATE @ 1.00PM | The ‘man in a tinny’ has confirmed that he’s been fined, after cutting free a baby whale that was trapped in shark nets off the Gold Coast this morning.

A drone operator spotted the stranded whale just after 7.00am, however it wasn’t freed until around 9.30am.

It’s understood rescue crews from Seaworld were on standby, but were waiting for the go ahead from the Department of Boating and Fisheries.


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Meantime, a man in a tinny jetted out himself, diving in the water and cutting free the whale before speeding off.

He’s since spoken to reporters, confirming that he’s been fined. However he won’t say what for.

EARLIER @ 9.45AM | A ‘man in a tinny’ has sped out to the shark nets in Burleigh Heads this morning, to help free a baby whale trapped there.

The whale was initially spotted just after 7.00am by a local drone operator, and Seaworld rescue crews were called in.

It’s understood the crews were nearby in the water, however remained on standby due to a suspected communication issue with the Department of Boating and Fisheries.

Sunrise reports that a civilian has then jetted out in his tinny to the scene, where he dived into the water to cut the whale free himself.

The man has risked heavy fines for interfering with the state government’s shark net program.

It’s understood the whale was freed, and the man sped off down south in the boat.

The whale’s condition is still unknown.

EARLIER @ 8.30AM | A baby whale has been spotted trapped in the shark nets at Burleigh Heads this morning.

A drone operator made the discovery around 7.30am, reporting the whale looked slightly smaller than normal, speculating it may be a baby.

Seaworld crews are now on their way to the scene, to help free the whale from nets.

Sunrise reporter Bianca Stone is on scene with drone operator James Kable, who says the small whale is very distressed.

“I got up here for a bit of a sunrise with the surfers, and flew out over the nets and saw what looked like a really large mass down there.

“Which is very unusual, obviously the nets are normally quite straight and often very hard to see, and I noticed that there was what looks to be quite a small whale – so it could be a baby I’m not sure.

“Very distressed, still trying to breath, just on the surface at the moment, so a little bit concerned for that little guy out there,” Mr Kable told Sunrise.

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3 cheers for the man in the ” Tinny”
You are a Hero buddy ????

isn’t time that we removed the pointless shark nets that do very little besides put people’s minds at easy with the false idea that they are protected by them

Bob
They actually do work .. why would you think they do very little
?.. you have no idea ….

So how big do you think they actually are?

Bob
Not very deep .. but sharks can sense them and avoid them …it’s not supposed to act like a fence … that’s the facts … all the so called marine experts might not accept it but the onus is on them to prove they don’t work … as long as there’s no attacks leave them … if there’s a few attacks which will prove they don’t work by all means remove them ….

The nets are NOT a barricade, and don’t prevent sharks from getting near the beach. They are simply in place to entangle and kill animals that are passing by. They are 150m wide, and 6m tall and usually set in about 10m of water – allowing sharks to swim over and around.
No. There is no science showing that the nets make our oceans any safer for beach-goers. In fact a 2009 government report stated that ‘the annual rate of attack was the same both before and after meshing commenced’. While the number of shark fatalities has decreased since the nets were put in the water, this is due to improved medical assistance and not to the nets.

The parks department are useless and some whales were lost in Hervey Bay a few years ago because they were busy and when some whales were stranded they went home after dark leaving two whales to die .
We the people who pay these idiots will do their job for them as we care .
Hervey Bay the worlds most dense whale area has no rescue units as the parks Dept are stopping these people helping with threats of legal action .
Times up parks we don’t need you and a vote is being taken very soon as to if HB acts on its own .
George

Go for it we are with you .
I read the local paper took a vote in Hervey Bay a year or so ago and 92 percent voted yes to have its own whale rescue unit .
My vote is with you and the guy who saved the whale is surfers deserves a medal NOT a legal threat .
Mike

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Thank you Thank you Thank you – You are an amazing MAN….. If you do get a fine which would be completely ridiculous’ {we simply get a go fund me page for you or you just may get one giant financial bonus – but I would like to continue supporting you …. thanks for thinking for yourself.. stepping outside the box of bulldust control, time to listen people sometimes we just can’t wait for authorities ?? they spend to much time in meetings looking at paper work and protocols and procedures ….. time time time mean while Baby Whale is stressing and dieing not only his mothers concern … good on ya Mate !
Hero Dood x**

Thank you Thank you Thank you – You are an amazing MAN….. If you do get a fine which would be completely ridiculous’ {we simply get a go fund me page for you or you just may get one giant financial bonus – but I would like to continue supporting you …. thanks for thinking for yourself.. stepping outside the box of bulldust control, time to listen people sometimes we just can’t wait for authorities ?? they spend to much time in meetings looking at paper work and protocols and procedures ….. time time time mean while Baby Whale is stressing and dieing not only his mothers concern … good on ya Mate !
Hero Dood x**

I so agree with all the guests remarks. FOR GOD’S SAKE USE SOME COMMON SENSE! A THANK YOU IS IN ORDER FOR THIS BRAVE HERO. GOD BLESS YOU.
The appropriate dept. was notified and you didn’t promptly arrive. As stated by your own dept. you were waiting for the go ahead. No-one got the balls to call it on an urgent matter. Sack the lot of them. Useless -another “Ruby Princess” debarkle – all passing the buck no-one wanting to take responsibility and make a decision.
Say it was a child in a boiling hot car. No-one promptly comes so we let the child die in a car and not break a window.
We threaten this Hero with a $20,000 fine and let murderers, rapists and pedophiles out on bail to kill and damage a person for life.
You wouldn’t want to be in the emergency dept. of a hospital where decisions must be made immediately or you DIE!
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS COUNTRY. NO WONDER THE WORLD THINKS WE ARE A PACK OF WEAK, DUMB, UP OURSELVES IDIOTS.

I agree with you that this man should be thanked not fined fisheries don’t save life they hide in the bushes and wait until you catch something and then they come out of hiding and give you a fine how’s this saving life ?

Those nets are a joke. Just a few curtains hanging in the ocean that the sharks swim around. Meanwhile they engulf all those marine creatures that are swimming by: turtles and whales by the dozens. Mr Common Sense saves they day while Seaworld dilly dally for the “official” call. Another joke.

When was the last time there was an attack ? Exactly a long time ago ..before the nets … they work it’s just imbeciles like you who don’t understand .. human life is the most important …. your the joke …

No need to get personal Pete. By all means go ahead and disprove both my points. 1.The nets don’t kill sharks. Instead they trap whales etc. 2.Beaurocracy got in the way of this whale’s life.

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Remove the nets ! This man did a terrific job!

Contest the fine the Whale possibly would have drowned while Fisheries sat on their a***s. This person did the correct action at the time, and should be applauded for his actions. The net can be repaired a dead whale cannot.

Someone should start a go fund me page to pay the fine. He is a hero.

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Its a joke…. a man rescued baby whale and get fined..He risk his life for that whale.. . while the useless fisheries department did nothing…. They should shut down sea world and fisheries department….

Anything to try to make money these f***ed grubs, finning a man because he done something good, what world are we turning into 🙁

Give this guy a medal !!

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If the government fines the ‘tinny guy’, absolute shame on those morons. The government just stood around dithering whist the whale needed immediate help. The guy should be praised for his actions, not be treated like a criminal. If he does get fined, I’m sure many people will put their hands in their pockets to help out, including myself. Whales are supposed to be protected, but according to the government, not all the time. Only when it suits them. A… holes!

Great work to the man in the tinny. Thank you for freeing the whale calf.

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Amazing isn’t it,how a person who saves the life of another creature – in this case, a baby Whale, can be punished for an act of love and compassion. Laws in this case make me ashamed of being Human! If it had been a HUMAN child this man saved, it would have had a very different ending, wouldn’t it! They’d be singing his praises all over the country!!! What hypocrites!!!!!!!!!!

Get rid of the Bosses

Who ever thinks the nets make the beaches safe are absolutely dreaming. There are sharks along these coasts all the time and now it’s whale season their numbers will definitely increase and not only that the monster sharks are bound to arrive also . Pretty simple really, the sharks generally feed at dusk and dawn and that’s the time shark attacks occur. The will always be there regardless if the nets are there or not. The nets only give people a false sense of security of being safe in the water and they definitely do not save you from being attacked. If you are attacked you are just in the wrong place at the wrong time unfortunately and attacked through mistaken identity. The nets only use is that they kill all sea life thats big enough to get caught in them.
Get rid of the nets as they are a total waste of time…….

Bloody hero. Maybe he should have a go fund me page to pay the fine. If a child was trapped in nets or any kind of accident should the by stander wait for authorities? I think NOT. So this awesome guy, a professional diver I believe, saves a baby. Good on you buddy. You have the support of many.

And I watched the Channel 7 helicopter follow him right up to his driveway/jetty for over an hour and this include them hovering extremely close overhead at Palm Beach and they had to leave the Coolangatta flight path twice as two planes had to land.

If the government Fisheries Dept. hadn’t been sitting on their thumbs (as per usual) the baby Whale wouldn’t have been trapped for HOURS, with escalating injuries in the first place!! Another Government Dept. that needs to be ‘sorted’ and the government heads need firing. I’ll be donating to help the rescuer. Please do the same if you can.

It was probably coffee n croissant time for these officials in the fishery department..yes unbelievable inaction of these beaurocrats…

Hallelujah! somebody has the guts to do something and then he gets fined for doing one of the best things there is for the ocean shame on you people that are actually going to find this mate I live in California and I would do the same thing to save a baby whale this guy is a hero. ?

That’s the problem with modern society, too much red tape. Action needs to be taken quicker considering time is of the essence in most rescue situations. Tinny Man getting a fine is disgusting and actually somewhat disheartens me as an Australian that we would treat a would be hero by slapping legal action on him. Gee … i wonder why more people don’t step forward for the good of us all ?!

Monique. Where are Burleigh Heads? Suggest you look around. There is only one.

I don’t know how long Sea World Rescue was taking to get out to the whale calf… maybe too long? So this man headed out in his tinny himself before the baby drowned. However if the Rescue effort had it in hand, they would have wanted to thoroughly check the calf’s condition and record it in which case the man might have jumped the gun somewhat. Baby is okay presumably so all good?