Whale entangeled in Gold Coast Shark for the 4th time this season.
For the 4th time in less than a month a Humpback Whale has been entangled in a Gold Coast Shark net, The unfortunate incident occurred just days after 2 juvenile Humpbacks were and entangled and released by a marine rescue team.
Unfortunately for the 3rd casualty a newborn calf, entangled on July 20th, there was no happy ending .The baby Whale became entangled at the bottom of the Shark net and was unable to be rescued before it drowned.
With more and more reports of Whales becoming trapped in Gold Coast shark nets it mostly definitely raises the importance of re assessing the role of Shark nets along the East Coast of Australia “With so many Whales now making the annual migration, Australia very much has a responsibility to protect these majestic creatures, We need to constantly reassess the procedures that we have in place to ensure we are taking all possible preventative measures to ensure that the migrating whales return safely each year.” Said Anthony Ardern- Owner/Captain and Conservationist at Whales in Paradise.
The Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry implements what they refer to as a shark control program along our Gold Coast beaches. Any beaches that a patrolled either have Shark nets or drum lines present.
So what do you think? Should the Shark nets be taken down, in a bid to protect our migrating Whales. We want to hear your thoughts.