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Regulations About Flying Drones Near Whales and Dolphins Go Too Far

Here in Australia we have some fairly stringent restrictions regarding access to marine mammals. Whether you’re swimming, diving, in a boat, in an aeroplane, in a helicopter or flying a drone – there are laws governing who close you can get to marine mammals and how you should behave around them. Now that’s not a huge surprise because Australia is an incredibly over-legislated country that is drowning in officious nonsense and red tape. However I think we can all agree that, in the grand scheme of things, looking after dolphins and whales is a good thing.

But is there any need for the rules to be so strict about flying drones near whales. The science is in … and it might surprise you …

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