Whale set free off Kirra

A close call for a young whale off Kirra Beach on Thursday morning.

The juvenile humpback was spotted by beach walkers caught in shark nets at around 7am.  They raised the alarm.

Sea World and other experts responded quickly.


Theme Park representatives have since confirmed the youngster has been set free, but they are following him on his path.

They say he probably got tangled purely because of his lack of experience negotiating his way around obstacles in the water.

This marks the second rescue in a fortnight.

A 20-tonne male humpback, thought to be between two and five years old, had to be refloated after it became stranded on the Gold Coast’s Palm Beach on July 8.

On Sunday July 20 a small whale died after getting tangled in shark nets off Bilinga.