Australian whale caught in shark nets rescued off Gold Coast
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Rescuers’ efforts to free a whale off Australia’s Gold Coast on Monday were captured in dramatic aerial video.
According to the Australia Broadcasting Company, several people called SeaWorld to alert them to the sighting of a whale in Currumbin.
The station spoke to SeaWorld marine science manager Wayne Phillips, who told ABC the whale appeared sick, was « full of lice » and had an abscess on its back.
Phillips said emergency crews were called around 6:30 a.m. local time.
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« We eventually got there and found a slightly entangled whale. It wasn’t a big entanglement, » he said.
This is not the first time a whale has been caught in shark nets this year.
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In July, two humpback whales were reportedly rescued from shark nets off the Queensland coast.
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Entanglement of whales in fishing gear is a problem in the world’s oceans.