July 7th, 2016 (Lucy Kinbacher & Kristy Muir). A WHALE was terrorised and had its head run over by jetski riders on the Gold Coast over the weekend.
The incident was filmed and photographed by whale watchers on-board the Gold Coast Adventures boat and shows the horrific moment it all unfolded.
Gold Coast Adventures spokesman Brad Nicholls said jetski riders and boaties were meant to keep a safe distance from whales and dolphins.
“The whale just got its head above the water and the jetski went across it,” he said.
“Its not that people are doing it on purpose, it’s the fact that people don’t know (the rules) about it.
“A few people have just been coming a bit too close.”
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection states on its website a single boat are prohibited from coming closer than 100 metres from a whale, and a maximum of three boats only were able to within 300 metres of a whale at any one time.
Within the 300 metre ‘caution zone’, boats cannot travel at more than six knots or create a wake.
The rules are similar for dolphins, but the ‘no approach’ zone is 50 metres and the ‘caution zone’ is 150 metres.
Jet skis must keep 300 metres away from both whales and dolphins.