This is the eighth whale to be caught in one of Queensland's shark nets this year.
"But we've got roughly 20,000 whales migrating back home," says Krause. "It would be naive of us not to expect that we would entangle at least one during the southern migration."
Though shark nets are in place to protect swimmers and beach-goers against shark attacks, many are critical of the mesh nets. Humane Society International's Alexia Wellbelove wrote in an opinion piece for ABC that shark nets are "indiscriminate killers" of all kinds of marine life. "Shark nets were a solution implemented in the 1950s when our coastal waters were dirty and often contaminated with offal and blood from meatworks disposed of in our waterways. The situation is now much different and it is time to modernise our approach."
However, Primary Industries Minister Stephen Whan tells the Sydney Morning Herald that the evidence speaks for itself. "In over 50 years, there has not been a fatal shark attack on a meshed beach.'' Fortunately for this mother whale and her offspring, the shark net situation ended on a happy note (though this has not always been the case for whales stuck in mesh nets).
Mother and baby whale swam away together after the baby whale was freed.