Australian police free entangled young whale off east coast

Reuters

Posted at Jun 07 2021 03:59 PM

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An aerial view of an entangled whale in this handout picture, off the coast of New South Wales, Australia, June 7, 2021. NSW Police, Handout/Reuters

MELBOURNE - Australian marine police cut free a juvenile humpback whale entrapped in fishing ropes and buoys off the coast of Sydney late on Sunday.

Police dispatched a search helicopter to waters near Bondi Beach after members of the public reported a whale in distress, guiding marine police to the animal.

"The whale appeared to have fish netting wrapped around it with a couple of floating buoys," Police Supt. Brad Monk told media on Monday. "Several watercraft were around the whale at the time. The whale appeared in distress."

Humpback whales migrate north from the cold Antarctic along Australia's east coast to subtropical waters from June to about November, where they mate and give birth.

The whale, believed to be as young as 1 year old, was last seen heading further into deep water, Monk said.

"The whale was actually quite accommodating," he said. "It actually was able to slow down to allow the police to do what they needed to do to help it. It was like it almost knew."

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