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Whale trapped in shark net off Mooloolaba

Paddlers inspect the whale whihc appeared to become trapped in a shark net off Mooloolaba.
Paddlers inspect the whale whihc appeared to become trapped in a shark net off Mooloolaba. Rob Uebergang

THERE have been unconfirmed reports a whale became caught in the shark nets off Mooloolaba this morning.

Witnesses told the Daily it appeared the animal was caught about 300 metres from the shore, in front of the northern caravan park, shortly after 10am.

"There were a few people out there circling it - a few guys on jet-skis and paddle boards," Greg Turner from Osprey Apartments said.

"We could see a bit of splashing and it was definitely a whale.

"Then he managed to free himself and we could see him blowing a bit further out to sea."

Rob Uebergang was watching the drama unfold through his camera lens and said he first noticed something was happening when he relaised the whale was sitting in one spot.

"That's unusual and he just had his tail sitting above the water," he said.

"Occasionally he would come up and blow but then he managed to get free."

Sunshine Coast Lifeguard Supervisor (South) Rhys Drury was unable to confirm the information, saying none of his team had been involved in a whale rescue.

Topics:  mooloolaba, shark nets, whale


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