Many people might not be aware that just this Sunday gone, the shark nets off the Gold Coast claimed yet another victim. Tragically a baby humpback whale became heavily entangled and later drowned in the netting after a failed rescue attempt – unable to free itself and with the prospect of escape quickly fading.
Just a day earlier, a 6-month-old bottlenose dolphin was caught on a drum line at Main Beach and suffered significant injuries. Despite the severity of the abdomanal injury sustained, the dolphin was reportedly stitched up and given antibiotics, but also given a ‘poor prognosis’. More on the dolphin here
These are tragic cases but they are all too familiar ones, with the nets and drumlines having killed tens of thousands of both non-target a target species over the decades, including many whales, dolphins, turtles, rays, dugongs and endangered sharks. Should they be removed? Do they provide proper protection? Are they just a placebo for the tourism industry? Should they at least be removed during the humpback season? Let us know in the comments below what you think.
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