Rescuers track a lost humpback whale
Dateline: Various, 9/10 July 2003
Date: 10/07/2003 04:00 AM
Near Port Fairy, south west coast of Victoria - 9 July 2003
1. Various of whale trapped in net
2. Rescue workers attempting to help whale
Near Tweed Heads, NSW, Australia - 10 July 2003
3. Aerial shot of white albino whale
Australian authorities have lost track of a humpback whale, which was caught in crayfish pot lines off the south west coast.
Rescuers in the state of Victoria, who left the scene on Wednesday night because of poor light, returned on Thursday morning, but could find no sign of the 15 metre long mammal.
Police divers searched the ocean bed on Thursday to investigate whether it had drowned or broken free.
A humpback seen around the same area on Thursday morning was not the same whale as seen in the ocean on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a rare albino Humpback whale made a triumphant return along the Australian Gold Coast on Thursday.
The 14m white Humpback put on a dramatic show off Tweed Heads, on the border of New South Wales and Queensland, for whale watching fans.
Nicknamed "the elusive whale", the albino is believed to have been last sighted at Moreton Island near Brisbane three years ago.