As the annual spectacle of whale migration off the south coast of Western Australia unfolds between May and October, photography enthusiasts are eager to capture these majestic creatures. However, marine biologist Joshua Smith has reminded drone users to maintain a distance and act responsibly to prevent disturbing the marine life.

Humpback, southern right, and blue whales journey northwards for breeding and feeding during this period, returning to Antarctic waters thereafter. Given the accessibility challenge posed by marine life, drones have become a popular tool for enthusiasts to capture images and footage.

Smith noted, “Marine mammals are obviously quite difficult to get to, so people are using and looking to use drones because you get greater access to the animals.”

However, the increased recreational and commercial use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), such as drones, has raised concerns about potential disruptions to marine life.

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