Donations flood in for ‘tinny man’ to pay fine for cutting whale free from shark nets

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the ‘man in a tinny’ who cut a baby whale free from shark nets on the Gold Coast yesterday.

The whale calf was noticed wrapped up in the nets at Burleigh Heads just after 7.00am, by a drone operator.

It’s understood rescue crews were deployed, however it was hours before they arrived at the scene.


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Locals swarmed the beach, watching and waiting to see if the whale was okay. A number of people even offered to go into the water to help.

Django, dubbed a local hero, was out in his tinny when he noticed the whale, he then approached it, dived in the water and cut it free around 9.30am.

As he sped off down south, he was met with officials from the Department of Fisheries and Boating, where he was apparently told he was in trouble.

He could now be facing tens of thousands of dollars worth of fines for getting too close to the nets and to a whale.

Locals have rallied around him and started a GoFundMe page to cover his costs, with over 200 people already donating over $3,500 as of 7.00am today, May 20.

“This page is to cover the cost of his fine, as we are unsure yet what that amount will be ( $1300 – $55,000)  any money raised over and above his fine will go to a charity that specialises in research & education for these great mammals,” the GoFundMe page description reads.

To donate, click here.

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Typical Australian just get in and do it go Aussie go, f…… The authorities are just glad to see your ok.

Gawd, as a USA citizen, I luv the Aussies. They remind me of what we yanks should have become: A nation of individualists, kick-ass people, who do as they see fit and screw the government.

However, as an ex-Navy and civilian Divemaster/Instructor with over 35 years of experience, I find the Australian Government’s attitude to sharks to be ignorant, short-sighted, and just plain screwed up. I spent over 35 years diving off S Florida and the Caribbean. I observed many sharks, large and small, but never felt threatened. Barracuda were more of a concern.

I have always believed that I, and only I, am responsible for my life, not some government entity. If I cross the street, or step into the ocean, I understand the risk. Deal with it Aussies, and get rid of the nets and drum lines.