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Whale entangled in rope still missing near Portland

A humpback whale thought to be entangled in rope near Portland in south-west Victoria is still missing, despite extensive air and sea searches.

Searchers in a small plane spotted four blue whales – the world’s biggest creatures – during a sweep on Monday.

But there was no sign of a humpback during the flight between Lorne and the South Australian border and back to Port Phillip Heads, according to a statement from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

“Ground teams also searched from high vantage points along the coast around Portland and an on-water search was conducted in and around Lawrence Rocks [an ancient volcanic formation in the sea south-east of Portland],” the statement said.

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