AS the annual whale migration takes place, National Parks and Wildlife Service is reminding people both on and in the water to observe distance regulations for their own safety and that of whales.
NPWS marine fauna program co-ordinator Geoff Ross said swimmers, sea kayakers and surfers were bound by the same regulations as apply to people in motorised boats.
“We are seeing more whales each year which is a fantastic sign of recovering populations, but it also means people have to learn to live with these animals harmoniously,” Mr Ross said.
“Vessels, including surfboards, must not approach within 100 metres of a whale, and that triples to 300 metres if a calf is present.
“Swimmers cannot approach within 30 metres however we do not recommend people enter the water near whales.
“If a whale approaches you it’s your responsibility to move away calmly and cautiously, considering public safety and the whale’s safety.”