Rescue Crews Free Humpback Whale Caught in Shark Nets on Australia's Gold Coast

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A rescue team worked to free an eight-metre humpback whale tangled in a shark net on Australia’s Gold Coast on September 26.

Crews from Sea World and the Queensland Fisheries Marine Animal Release Team successfully disentangled the mammal from shark nets off Currumbin Beach.

“The rescue operation took around 45 minutes with the teams using specialised cutting equipment to remove all of the netting from the whale’s head” Sea World told Storyful.

“We would like to thank the community for calling these events in… these rescue efforts are extremely dangerous with the teams dealing with large animals weighing up to 30 tonnes and mixed with sea and weather conditions…,” Sea World said.

At least eight whales have been caught in Queensland nets in the past four months – seven of which occurred off the Gold Coast – media reported. Credit: Sea World via Storyful