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Each year, thousands of boats take to Queensland’s coastal waters creating opportunities to see whales, dolphins and dugongs. With more humpback whales migrating along the Queensland Coast each year, and many boats travelling through the coastal habitats of dolphins and dugong, these viewing opportunities are becoming increasingly likely. Boat users need to follow a few simple rules that will allow them to share the water with these animals and each other.

The ‘Share the Water’ Initiative is a set of guidelines outlining the following:

  • Approach distances for whales and dolphins
  • Caution Zones
  • No approach zones
  • The ‘3-boat rule’
  • When a marine mammal approaches a boat
  • When a marine mammal shows signs of disturbance
  • Other no approach zones
  • Approach distances for whale and dolphin calves

You can view the brochure here.

To find out more, head to the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science Website, or visit them at the 2019 Sunshine Coast Expo, site OA428.