As thousands of humpback whales followed their migration path along the coast of Australia this summer, one poor whale calf got tangled up in some shark control netting. According to a Facebook video from Humankind, a situation like this can be fatal for whales, who can die from anxiety. Thankfully, the distraught creature made quite a bit of noise, which alerted rescuers to the fact that something was wrong. SeaWorld employees reached the trapped whale just in time!
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Unfortunately, freeing the baby whale was easier said than done. Because the humpback had gotten exceptionally tangled up in the netting, the process took at least an hour. However, they were eventually able to free the creature, who swam away happily. Conservationists say that the number of whales trapped in shark nets reached a record high last year.
Watch the heartwarming rescue in the video below!
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