Heartbreaking images have shown a whale with a net caught around its mouth – before rescuers’ attempts to free the animal were ended by bad light.
The whale was spotted off the coast of Vaucluse in Sydney’s east about 2.15pm on Saturday with a net and rope wrapped around its mouth.
The photos taken at Bondi Golf Course showed the struggling mammal come within 100m to 200m of the cliff face.
Onlookers told Daily Mail Australia they followed the animal to Maroubra once they realised it had a large net and rope wrapped around its body and mouth.
When they realised its distressed situation they contacted Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia in a bid to track down the whale.
ORRCA volunteers tried to find the whale but were unable to find it before it before they lost light.
The entangled whale was last spotted off Bondi at 3.30pm swimming south with two other whales.
ORRCA is a volunteer based wildlife rehabilitation group in NSW licenced for marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation and release.
The organisation are asking anyone with information about the whale to contact the ORRCA Rescue Hotline Team with information about its location and images.Internet Explorer Channel Network