The whale in this news report was fortunate to be rescued by a diving team from Sea World after it got caught in a shark net off the Gold Coast.
Each year, from April to November, whales migrate from the cool waters of the southern ocean to the warmer waters off Far North Queensland. Since the ban on whale hunting in the late 1970s, numbers have been steadily increasing with upwards of 27,000 expected to make the annual journey.
Gold Coast whale watchers may spy humpbacks, killer whales, southern right whales and dwarf minke whales. One repeat traveller is Migaloo, a white humpback thought until recently to be the only white whale in existence.