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BREAKING AUSTRALIA REPORT: Humpback whale calf rescued from shark net at Alexandra Headland on the Sunshine Coast


AceBreakingNews – A humpback whale calf has been rescued on the Sunshine Coast after spending hours trapped in a shark net.


Ace Press News From Cutting Room Floor: Published: Oct.01: 2023: ABC News: TELEGRAM Ace Daily News Link

Local wildlife rescuers reported the whale becoming stuck in the net off the bluff at Alexandra Headland at 5.30am on Sunday. 

A contractor from Fisheries Queensland’s shark control program freed the whale by 7.30am.

Local photographer Glen Reeves said the sound of a whale crying out could be heard by residents during the night and early this morning.

“First thing in the morning my wife was saying I can hear this big noise,” he said.

“You could hear it, it’s like a didgeridoo echoing through the whole headland.

“It was very loud and quite distressing to be honest.

whale trapped in shark net with boat nearby
“You kind of think, ‘Oh crikey.’ It’s like she is calling for help.”Authorities rescue the whale calf trapped in a shark net off Alexandra Headland.(Supplied: Glenn Reeves)

Mr Reeves estimated the whale was entangled a few hundred metres off the coast when the rescuers arrived.

“He [the rescuer] was just leaning over the boat cutting holes in the nets and probably took 20 minutes,” he said. 

A whale calf and its mother swimming in the ocean.
“[The whales] swam away into the sunrise.”The whale calf and its mother were reunited and swam away.(Supplied: Glenn Reeves)

Drone operator Damian Coulter said it was “pretty wild” to hear a whale crying for help in the early hours of Sunday.

“I was trying to work out what the hell that noise was going around through Alex so early,” he said.

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