High drama swept the Southport seas this afternoon as a baby whale was cut free from a shark net.
Seaworld rescuers were called to the scene after the trapped humpback whale calf was seen struggling in a shark net off Main Beach.
The net appeared to be separating the calf, believed to be only weeks old, from its panicked mother watching nearby.
Rescuers were able to get close enough to the calf to start cutting the net straight away, preventing it from becoming more tangled.
The calf soon became free from the confines of the net and swam away with its mother.
Morning news break – August 11