to connectVideoCrew, it frees humpback whale caught in a shark net off the Australian coast
Raw video: Team cuts a shark net off the back of a humpback whale, which is the beast out of the Gold Coast.
A humpback whale entangled in a shark net off the australian coast on Thursday, it was finally cut up by a navy rescue team after an hours-long operation.
The rough ocean conditions off the Gold Coast has made it difficult for rescuers to get rid of it around the animal’s tail. The Marine Animal Release Team (MART), with the support of the Sea World staff rescue the trapped whale after a nearly four-hour, Queensland’s shark control program manager Jeff Krause told Australia’s ABC News.
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“The whale was breathing in the calm of the state, as it was released and swam away strong,” Krause told the outlet. He reiterated that it was saving the whales, it is “dangerous” because of their size and strength.
It was unclear whether the whale was injured. A spokesman for Queensland’s fisheries department, said that the injury is likely to be superficial and, for the mammal, it would make a full recovery.
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It was the first whale was entangled off the Gold Coast at this year’s southbound migration season. Last year, five of the whales caught in fishing nets in the Queensland region.
In the meantime, a humpback whale off the coast of Massachusetts, became entangled in a rope on Monday. The whale had traveled about 40 to 50 humpback whales was captured, and the Center for coastal Studies, said in a press release.
It was discovered in poor condition, appeared to be imprisoned for a period of time, the officials said. They had a hard time with the cutting of the rope, but managed to break free of the animal, with “a slow and controlled approach for more than two hours.
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The rescues-follow the death of a mother sperm whale and her baby after she became entangled in a fishing net last week, in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Italy’s west coast. It was believed to be the mother of the deceased, while trying to free the baby, but the Italian officials said.
As a part of the network was found to be in an adult’s mouth, the baby is completely covered. (Italian coast guard/Marevivo, via AP)
“The deaths of these two giants of the sea, it is a loss to our natural heritage, but also with the awareness that what has happened is our fault, that makes it even more tragic,” said Marevivo, President, Rosalba Giugni. “It’s changing our behavior, it is not enough. We need to change our beliefs in order to understand it and to feel that when we harm the environment, and we will do it for us.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.