UPDATE @ 4.30PM | A young humpback whale, caught in fishing equipment off the Gold Coast has been freed after a marathon effort from rescue crews.
The whale, believed to be as young as one year old, was first spotted towing ropes and buoys near Broadbeach around 10am.
A team from Sea World was dispatched to help untangle the whale.
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But it was a frustrating mission for the rescue crew as the whale managed to elude them for several hours.
The Sea World team spent almost six hours trying to get close enough to the whale as it swam around Surfers Paradise and Main Beach.
The whale was eventually untangled around 4pm.
It’s not clear what condition the whale is in following its ordeal.
Experts believe the fishing equipment was picked up somewhere along the New South Wales coast.
EARLIER @ 10.30AM | There are reports a whale has become entangled in nets in waters off the Gold Coast.
Sea World has confirmed it received reports of a whale towing buoys and lines off Broadbeach a short time ago.
It appears it may have its tail tangled in some netting.
Crews are now trying to stop the whale so they can free it.