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Last Updated: Sunday September 27 2009 15:06 GMT

Whale escapes after net tangle

A humpback whale

A whale has had a lucky escape after getting tangled up with a net off the coast of Australia.

The eight-metre long humpback got caught up in nets used to protect beaches from sharks in Queensland.

It was spotted by a life guard, who noticed the whale hadn't moved for a long time.

Rescuers took three hours to free the animal from the net. Once it was loose, the lucky animal slapped the water with its tail and swam off.

This is the second whale to get caught up in an anti-shark net this month.

Some people want to ban the nets, because although they do keep swimmers safe, they regularly snare other animals.