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Rescuers’ efforts to free a whale off Australia’s Gold Coast on Monday were captured in dramatic aerial video.
According to the Australia Broadcasting Company, several people called SeaWorld to alert them to the sighting of a whale in Currumbin.
The station spoke to SeaWorld marine science manager Wayne Phillips, who told ABC the whale appeared sick, was “full of lice” and had an abscess on its back.
Phillips said emergency crews were called around 6:30 a.m. local time.
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“We eventually got there and found a slightly entangled whale. It wasn’t a big entanglement,” he said.
This is not the first time a whale has been caught in shark nets this year.
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In July, two humpback whales were reportedly rescued from shark nets off the Queensland coast.
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Entanglement of whales in fishing gear is a problem in the world’s oceans.