A young whale trapped in shark nets off a Gold Coast beach has been freed.

A young humpback whale has been freed from shark nets in an early morning rescue on the Gold Coast.

The Coastguard and Seaworld rescue crews received calls on Thursday morning from concerned onlookers who could see the eight-metre whale struggling in nets off Kirra Beach.

“They said they could see a whale splashing around in the nets,” Southport Coastguard’s Ken Stanley told AAP.

A Seaworld spokesman said the theme park’s rescue crew had been sent out to assist but by the time it arrived, a boat contracted to the Queensland Government to manage the shark nets had already freed the juvenile whale.

The rescue is the latest in a spate of incidents involving whales being trapped in shark nets on the Gold Coast.

A juvenile humpback was freed from the same stretch of netting in similar circumstances in July.