Authorities have released a male humpback whale which was entangled in fishing nets off Coolangatta Beach
Authorities have released a male humpback whale which was entangled in fishing nets off Coolangatta Beach

Whale stuck in shark net freed off Coolangatta Beach

A WHALE which was stuck in shark nets off Coolangatta has been freed.

The Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol's Marine Animal Release Team freed the nine metre adult humpback whale at 9.45am today.

It is the third whale to become entangled this season and was reported to authorities by as many as 15 separate individuals.

Speaking before the succesful release, Queensland Shark Control Program Manager Jeff Krause said staff would cut the whale from the net.

"The whale is relatively calm and breathing well, and sea conditions are good so there is still a strong chance of a successful release," he said.

Anyone who sees a whale stuck in a net can call the shark hotline on 1800 8060891.

There is more informatioon about whales and sharknets on the Queenlsland fisheries website www.fisheries.qld.gov.au



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