LATEST @ 1.50 PM | TWO humpback whales who became stuck in shark nets off Main Beach on the Gold Coast this morning have now been freed to continue their migration north.
Sea World rescue crews and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol rushed to the scene near Marina Mirage around 11.30am on Friday, following reports a mother and calf humpback had become entangled in nets.
With rough conditions hampering rescue efforts, crews worked hard to help free the trapped marine mammals by using special equipment to detangle the netting from the whales.
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Both mum and calf were finally freed around 1.00pm after a massive three-hour long rescue operation.
It comes as whale watchers eagerly await the sighting of Migaloo, the rare white humpback.
He’s expected to pass through Gold Coast waters this weekend after he was reportedly spotted at Lennox Head in NSW on Wednesday.
“Ok based on possible Migaloo sighting off Kiama on Saturday 12pm and Port Macquarie 11am Wednesday, cruising at 2.4 knots we estimate passing Byron Bay midday Saturday and Gold Coast Sunday,” a post on the Migaloo the Whale Twitter page says.
“If he speeds up to 3+ Knots it will be Byron early Saturday and past Gold Coast Saturday night.
The famous white whale is currently on his journey north to the Great Barrier Reef as part of his annual migration from Antartica to Queensland.
Within the next few weeks, between 200 and 300 whales are expected pass through the Gold Coast, so now is the perfect time to whip out the binoculars.
You can watch today’s full whale rescue below:
EARLIER @ 12.10 PM | An adult whale and calf have become stuck in shark nets off Main Beach on the Gold Coast.
Sea World rescue crews are currently on scene attempting to help free the trapped marine mammals.
In live video footage posted on social media, crews can be seen trying to untangle the mother and baby from the nets.
It comes as whale watchers on the Gold Coast eagerly await the sighting of Migaloo, the rare white humpback.
The famous white whale is currently on his journey north to the Great Barrier Reef as part of his annual migration from Antartica to Queensland .
Up to 40,000 humpbacks are expected to make the 10,000km trek.