Rescuers desperately attempt to free a baby whale from fishing nets off coast of Coolangatta

Rescuers have managed to free a young whale calf that became tangled in shark nets.

The calf was caught in nets off the coast of Coolangatta in Queensland on Tuesday morning, just 500 metres from the shore.  

Marine conservationists from the Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation and Fisheries Queensland spent nearly two hours desperately trying to untangle the mammal before managing to free it.

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Rescuers were desperately trying to free a baby whale from nets

Rescuers were desperately trying to free a baby whale from nets

Rescuers were desperately trying to free a baby whale from nets

The calf was caught in nets off the coast of Coolangatta in Queensland on Tuesday morning, just 500 metres from the shore

The calf was caught in nets off the coast of Coolangatta in Queensland on Tuesday morning, just 500 metres from the shore

The calf was caught in nets off the coast of Coolangatta in Queensland on Tuesday morning, just 500 metres from the shore

Footage shows the calf’s anxious mother circle beneath it’s thrashing offspring, unsure of the human’s intentions.

The beautiful creature can be seen thrashing around in the water, with its head and tail caught up in the fishing net, which is weighed down by two buoys.

The Sea World crew were trying to untangle the net from the creature using rods. The experts backed off each time the calf became too distressed.  

The number of shark nets have increased in the waters off Queensland as a precaution following two shark attacks in 24 hours off the Whitsunday Islands in late September. 

A 61-year-old man suffered a shark bite to his shoulder early on Tuesday morning, whilst fishing at Yeppoon on the Capricorn Coast in Queensland.

Footage shows the calf's anxious mother circle beneath it's thrashing offspring, unsure of the human's intentions

Footage shows the calf's anxious mother circle beneath it's thrashing offspring, unsure of the human's intentions

Footage shows the calf’s anxious mother circle beneath it’s thrashing offspring, unsure of the human’s intentions

 

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