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Whale entangled in shark net off Sydney beach successfully freed

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A juvenile humpback whale, which became entangled in shark nets off Whale Beach in Sydney's northern suburbs, has been successfully freed.

Multiple agencies became involved in the rescue attempts with success coming just before the loss of light.

"Smiles all around this evening as just before the loss of the light the juvenile humpback whale was successfully freed from the netting it was entangled in," Marine Rescue NSW tweeted at 7.23pm.

A juvenile humpback whale freed after becoming entangled in shark nets off Whale Beach in Sydney A juvenile humpback whale has been freed after becoming entangled in shark nets off Whale Beach in Sydney (9News)

"Great work by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and Marine Rescue Broken Bay."

The alarm was raised after a concerned woman on the shore called police about 2.55pm today, having noticed a kayaker trying to help the marine mammal which was about 800 metres from the beach.

The whale was anchored to the seafloor by the netting and became fatigued trying to break itself free.

Multiple agencies became involved in the rescue attempts with success coming just before the loss of light. (Marine Rescue NSW)

Two other whales were spotted nearby.

Water Police, Surf Life Saving New South Wales, ORRCA and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) teams were all working to remove the netting.

"ORRCA members and NPWS are assessing the situation," licensed volunteer rescue group ORRCA said.

A whale in distress off Whale Beach in Sydney's northern suburbs is believed to be tangled in ropes or shark netting.The alarm was raised after a concerned woman on the shore called police about 2.55pm today, having noticed a kayaker trying to help the marine mammal which was about 800 metres from the beach. (9News)

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"Thank you everyone for your calls".

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