WATCH: Rescue crews free whale from Gold Coast shark nets

UPDATE @ 10.30 AM: Crews have managed to free a whale after it became trapped in shark nets off Surfers Paradise this morning.

The whale was spotted tangled in nets around 8.00am, sparking a massive rescue operation by crews from Sea World and Queensland Boating and Fisheries.

After about two hours, crews were able to successfully free the marine mammal from the nets.


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It comes just two days after a humpback and her calf were rescued after becoming tangled in nets off Main Beach.

Friday’s rescue was a massive three-hour long operation, with rough conditions hampering rescue efforts.

The recent incidents have sparked fresh calls for shark nets to be removed from Gold Coast waters, especially during the annual whale migration period.

Up to 40,000 humpbacks are expected to make the trek to the Great Barrier Reef as part of their annual migration from Antartica to Queensland.

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EARLIER @ 8.30 AM: A whale has become stuck in shark nets off Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast this morning.

Sea World rescue crews and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol are currently on scene attempting to help free the trapped marine mammal.

It comes just two days after a humpback and her calf were rescued after becoming tangled in nets off Main Beach.

Friday’s rescue was a massive three-hour long operation, with rough conditions hampering rescue efforts.

Meanwhile, whale watchers on the Gold Coast are still eagerly awaiting 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, with 200 – 300 whales expected pass through the Gold Coast in the new few weeks alone.

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