Gold Coast’s ‘Tinny Man’ to hand over GoFundMe cheque to Sea Shepherd

The hailed hero dubbed ‘Tinny Man’ who cut a whale free from shark nets on the Gold Coast last month will hand over a GoFundMe cheque to Sea Shepherd.

Otherwise known as Django, tinny man was filmed speeding out to a baby whale trapped in the nets at Burleigh Heads, before diving in the water with a knife and cutting it free.

The whale was trapped for some hours, with nervous bystanders waiting on the beach for rescue crews to come to its aid.


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Out of nowhere, ‘tinny man’ came to the rescue, before speeding off down to the Tweed where he was met with officers from the department of fisheries.

It was initially understood he’d be up for thousands of dollars worth of fines, for both approaching a whale and interfeing with nets.

Since the video of his heroic rescue went viral, along with news that he’d be fined for it, a GoFundMe page was quickly started to help him pay the fine.

It had raised thousands of dollars before the department of fisheries confirmed there would be no fine.

Now the money is being handed over to Sea Shepherd Australia, a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

This afternoon, Django will hand over a cheque for more than $16,000, and be presented with a Bravery Certificate for his actions.

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

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The heading above should just state, “The Qld govt has no idea”.