What would you have done? Group of swimmers come under fire, risk hefty fines as they frantically swim for whales off Bondi Beach
- Swimmers at Bondi Beach have been caught playing with whales
- The drone footage was taken by rdearphotography on August 3 at approximately 4pm
- The pair of beautiful beasts looked comfortable, whirling and floating around
- While most people would be happy to have the chance, it is illegal to swim with whales
- NSW Government Regulations state that swimmers are not within 30m. may come
Two whales swimming off Bondi Beach have been met by eager swimmers who risk their bodies to be treated to the experience of a lifetime.
Drone images captured by rdearphotography at about 4pm on August 3 shows the snorkelers and paddlers coming within meters of the huge sea creatures.
The whales don’t seem bothered by the swimmers, they frolic and roll side by side, but in a terrifying moment a whacking tail comes within inches of hitting one of the men.
While almost anyone would jump at the chance to get up close and personal with the beautiful critters, it’s actually illegal to get that close to them in the wild.
Swimmers in Bondi have approached some huge whales off the coast of Bondi Beach, but their actions are illegal under NSW law
NSW Government Regulations have strict laws regarding the approach to marine animals in an effort to protect whales, dolphins and seals.
The 2017 Biodiversity Conservation Regulation was introduced due to the increased popularity of dolphin and whale watching activities.
The laws state that you must stay 30 meters away from whales while swimming.
But that distance only applies if you are already in the water. You are not allowed to enter the water within 100 meters of a whale.
The law states that ‘stay 30 meters away from whales while swimming’ if you are already in the water, but you cannot enter the water within 100 meters of a whale
Fines for getting too close to a whale can range from $689 to $16,500.
The view shared by multiple drone sources on Tuesday has sparked a number of comments as users argue the swimmers were wrong.
One commenter wrote: ‘I was there. These guys were snorkeling off flat rocks and as soon as they spotted the whale, they swam toward it in the middle of the bay at such a pace that Emma McKeon would likely rival. They went to the whale, it didn’t come to them.”
The vision has divided viewers, some marveling at the brilliant experience, while others highlighting the dangers and that their actions are in fact illegal
Another added: ‘Obviously the guy who isn’t wearing a wetsuit is shooting it at the whale. Dangerous for him and the whale.”
Other commentators focused on the encounter, adding, “WOW. What a great experience for them’.