News

Humpback whale spotted in Bay tangled in shark net

Skipper of marine conservation vessel Migaloo Two Dean Jefferys spotted this whale tangled in shark nets on Sunday near Rooney's Point, on the north-western side of Fraser Island.
Skipper of marine conservation vessel Migaloo Two Dean Jefferys spotted this whale tangled in shark nets on Sunday near Rooney's Point, on the north-western side of Fraser Island. Dean Jefferys

DISTRESSING photos have emerged of a humpback whale entangled in netting off the coast of Hervey Bay.

Dean Jefferys, skipper of marine conservation vessel Migaloo Two, spotted the mammal on Sunday near Rooney's Point, on the north-western side of Fraser Island.

"I recognised the shark nets as I nearly got caught up in them myself when I sailed Migaloo Two past Kirra on the Gold Coast a month ago," Mr Jefferys said.

The current condition of the whale is unknown. Mr Jefferys said he followed it in an inflatable boat for 20 minutes afterwards and it appeared to be swimming freely.

"I didn't want to cause more stress so I took some photos and sadly left it to an uncertain fate," he said.

Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing regional director Sunshine and Fraser Coast Peter Wright said rangers were monitoring the situation but had been unable to locate the whale.

Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program manager Jeff Krause said the whale was thought to be the one which struck a net a fortnight ago.

"It is believed this is the same whale reported to the public on August 7 as striking a net on the Gold Coast," Mr Krause said.

He said the patrol team would look into any sightings.

The closest shark nets are at Rainbow Beach and Bundaberg.

If you see the humpback whale tangled in the shark net, phone Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol on 1300 130 372.

Netting problems

  • July 26: Rescue teams free whale entangled in a shark net off Noosa
  • August 14: Whale caught in shark nets off Coolangatta is freed
  • August 18: Whale entangled in shark nets spotted swimming near Fraser Island

Topics:  hervey bay shark net tangled whale



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

New life-saving centre opens on Fraser Coast

NEW OFFICE: After teaching first aid to 30,000 people, Glenn Bowman has opened the Training Centre Hervey Bay in Urangan.

First aid, jet ski, diving, boating training centre opens.

OUR SAY: The price must be right from State Govt

Bruce Highway roadworks at Tinana - resident Michael Jesse outside his house opposite the new highway off ramp that runs into Iindah Road West. He has witnessed many vehicles trying to enter the highway the wrong way in an attempt to head south.

The front page story brings to mind a film called The Castle.

Man allegedly drives five times the limit through Biggenden

He was reportedly swerving all over the road.

Local Partners

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

Nicole reveals her biggest parenting challenges

Actress Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman says her kids are ‘deeply attuned' to her moods.

Suicide Squad director reveals his regrets about the film

Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie Suicide Squad.

DIRECTOR of superhero flick on what he’d change about ‘flawed’ film.

Meet the new Marco on MasterChef Australia: Yotam Ottolenghi

Israeli-born, London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi will be a guest chef for a week on the 2017 season of MasterChef Australia.

AFTER Marco’s defection to Seven, MasterChef signs a true food hero.

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

First home buyers the "lifeblood” of Fraser Coast market

CoreLogic property statistics reveal the region's median house price of $300,000 did not change in the September quarter.

Median house price of $300,000 remains steady in September quarter

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!