The new life of the humpback whale, from fishing nets to freedom

It’s a 10-meter-long humpback whale that’s on a major migration from the frigid polar waters along Australia’s coasts that will take it thousands of miles north, where temperatures are milder, to mate and give birth to its young.

These are Sea World Foundation volunteers who rescued the whale just off the Gold Coast, south of Brisbane.
She was caught in a large shark fishing net: she was drowning, she was already tired and under stress. It took hours of work to free them.

That’s why environmental groups are calling for a ban on nets along whale migration routes, at least during the season when thousands of these mammals flock together.

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