Tangled whale causes concern

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COFFS Coast boaters are being urged to keep a look out for a whale caught in fishing line.

The troubled whale was spotted off the coast at Port Macquarie late on Monday afternoon, sparking an alert for Coastal Patrol intervention.

Spokesperson for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Lawrence Orel, said at last sighting on Monday evening the whale had appeared to have freed itself from the fishing line, but it served as a timely reminder for boaters to keep a look out.

“At last sighting, it seemed as though the whale had freed itself of most or all of the matter, and it is likely the whale continued to travel south,” he said.

“But this is a reminder for boaters that if they see a whale caught in netting, to report it and try and remain in the vicinity of the whale if they can, which makes locating the animal much easier.”

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