In breaking news, a second whale has been caught in a shark net in Queensland in as many weeks, this time at Main Beach on the Gold Coast.
The whale has been freed after a stressful ordeal for both the animal and its rescuers. The distressing scenes echo those of just last week when a whale was caught at Rainbow Beach in Queensland.
Humane Society International (HSI) and the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) call for immediate removal of shark nets in Queensland. At the very least, they cannot be kept in during the whale migration season.
"Whales are caught every year in shark nets in Queensland. The fact another whale has been ensnared is horrifying but not suprising. Every year this happens, and every year we ask the Queensland Government to take out the nets. Every year these calls fall on deaf ears. There are better, non-lethal ways to protect both people and marine wildlife," said Lawrence Chlebeck, Marine Campaigner at HSI.
The NSW Government removes shark nets during the whale migration season, but Queensland insists on using the ineffective and deadly nets year round.
"We know what time of year the whales arrive - it's like clockwork. Yet, the Queensland Government keeps the nets in and puts whales and their rescuers at risk. Rescuing stressed whales from shark nets is incredibly dangerous because of their size and power. The Queensland Government must reconsider the use of shark nets during the whale migration," said Dr Leonardo Guida, Senior Shark Campaigner at AMCS.
HSI and AMCS have recently sent a 100,000 signature petition to the Queensland Government to cease the culling of sharks in the Great Barrier Reef and to implement non-lethal alternatives throughout the state.
The Queensland Government has also recently enacted an exclusion zone law which prevents conservation groups from documenting shark nets and drumlines throughout the state.
Image HSI/AMCS/N McLachlan taken in October, 2018 of another humpack whale caught in Gold Coast shark net
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