A heroic diver in Australia who saved a whale from a shark net is facing a huge fine.
Keep scrolling to learn more about this amazing yet injust story…
And this is a problem that doesn’t seem to be getting resolved.
Whether that is from whale hunting, pollution, or being caught in fishing nets… too many whales are being killed thanks to us.
And even though many countries have now banned whaling, human threats sadly continue to exist.
And Australia is one of these places.
But it is also rich in tourism.
Officials have had no choice but to act on the number of shark attacks that were taking place in their waters.
And while officials have claimed that this protects tourists from sharks, animal activists have stated otherwise.
Shark nets are responsible for thousands of sealife deaths every year.
According to the Sealife Trust, over 15,000 animals have been killed by these nets in New South Wales – this includes about 100 species such as endangered turtles, dolphins, dugongs, rays, seabirds, harmless sharks and rays.
But the use of shark nets is much more cost-affective… which, let’s face it, is the only thing that matters in the eyes of those in power.
Django is a diver from Australia’s Gold Coast and he was recently out on his boat in the local waters.
He noticed that the whale, which was later identified as a humpback calf, wasn’t moving which made him get closer to investigate.
He couldn’t wait for the authorities and he decided to act upon his instinct, so with his adrenaline pumping, he decided to do something about it.
“I saw the whale and I thought, ‘That is pretty cool’,” Django told local reporters.
“Then I saw he was in the net and I thought, ‘That is not cool’.”
“He was about eight to nine meters deep. Because of the adrenalin, my heart was just pumping,” Django explained, describing his repeated resurfacing.
And thankfully, the heroic diver made it back to his boat in one piece.
And locals have been praising the diver for his selfless and heroic actions.
Django is now facing fines of up to $46,000 AUD ($30,000 USD).
Shocking, we know!
Queensland Fisheries said to local media that an infringement notice has not yet been issued, but is instead pending an investigation.
Naturally, people have been left outraged over the fact that Django is being fined for saving an animal’s life.
So much so, that supporters have set up a GoFundMe account to help Django pay should he be fined.
And we sincerely hope that the charges against Django are soon dropped completely.
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