New warning issued for whale watchers over safety concerns

THE increased protection of humpback whales has resulted in their numbers exploding in recent years.

It is making for some spectacular sights off the West Australian coast, where around 40,000 of the animals make an annual migration.

Looking out over the turquoise waters off Broome's Gantheaume Point, the return of the humpback whale is clear to see.

But it is also creating a safety risk for the hundreds of boaties that take to the waters off Broome.

Sarah McCallister from the Department of Parks and Wildlife has issued a warning for local fisherman going whale watching: admire the whales and take their photo, but don't get too close!

Read more at ABC news online.



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