Marine authorities expressed fear of an ocean bloodbath due to the largest whale migration since?culling was terminated. They recommend the removal of shark nets to prevent such an event.
Over 20,000 humpbacks are expected to make their yearly migration from their feeding grounds in Antarctica to the warmer waters of the north for breeding and birthing before they return with their calves.
The previous season?s journey caused 5 whales to be caught in nets off the Gold Coast resulting in a baby whale drowning.
Experts are concerned about more whales being trapped in shark nets during their breeding period with changes in the East Australian Current moving the migration paths nearer to beaches.
Trevor Long, marine science Director from Sea World, requested Annastacia Palaszczuk to change the shark nets off the Coolangatta into drumlines for about four weeks, from August to October. He suggested that shark nets should be taken away on a trial basis when the whales move south.
Long said, ?The two shark nets off Greenmount beach should be removed to stop these animals being caught.?