Gold Coast bay and Moreton bay in the urbanised south-east Queensland are home to a large number of marine mammals including the common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, dugongs, and the humpback whale. A recent study (http://www.hhr.org.au/files/BehaviourStudy.pdf ) has confirmed that humpback whales use the Gold Coast as a resting area during their southern migration. In particular mothers and calves were found to spend hours or days on the surface to rest with their calves near the shore.
Every year more whales and dolphins are being caught, injured and even killed in shark nets that are set 500 m offshore in attempt to kill large sharks. We have studied which nets catch most whales and dolphins and that we can stop a large number of horrible entanglements by lifting the nets for only a few weeks and still ensure safety for swimmers by replacing them with modern and better technology.
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More infos on shark nets from the government here.
An entanglement in a shark net can be viewed here.
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