A whale calf has been freed after becoming caught in a shark net off Queensland’s Gold Coast, authorities say.
A member of the public walking along Greenmount beach spotted the whale about 50 metres offshore about 6:00am.
The walker alerted the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol, who sent a whale release team.
A spokesman said an adult whale remained close to the juvenile.
Local surfer Jason said it was the first time he had seen a whale rescue.
“It was amazing — you don’t get opportunities like that,” he said.
“Unfortunately the whale was caught in the net and it was a baby but help was on the way.”
The whale was freed from the nets at about 8:00am.
An adult whale remained close to the juvenile during the rescue. (ABC Gold Coast: Julie Clift)
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary zoologist Daniela Para was off-duty at the time and watched the rescue from the shore.
“It took for up to two hours for Sea World to release the whale,” she said.
“I saw the mother jump and then the little baby jumped as well.
“It was fantastic to see healthy animals back in the wild.”