Whale at South Beach

 Righto, who was it?

We came across this sperm whale in between fish rock and the beach. It was just doing circles.


We kept our distance because I was flying the drone and Claire was on the helm but old mate drifted a bit too close and the whale didn't like it 

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Holy shit, awesome footage

Sun, 2023-12-10 21:06

Holy shit, awesome footage


Officially off the Pies bandwagon

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 Definition of a natural

Mon, 2023-12-11 09:19

 Definition of a natural laxative rite there


 Hi my name is rob............. and I'm a........... fishaholic

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That's good

Mon, 2023-12-11 10:45



all aggressive fish love bigjohnsjigs

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Beached as ..

Mon, 2023-12-11 11:29

Just heard on radio it's beached

itself off Rockingham ..

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 Yeah i am surprised it made

Mon, 2023-12-11 14:13

 Yeah i am surprised it made it over the bank inside fish rock. It had a funny lump on it so i wonder if it had copped a knock. either way, it didnt look great. 

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Beached as bro

Mon, 2023-12-11 19:02

Imagine whites in sound . Bloody big

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 Well that'll trump wire

Mon, 2023-12-11 19:25

 Well that'll trump wire trace lol 


Love the West!

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Mon, 2023-12-11 20:07

That was me/my boat swompa. Great pics! 

For the record, I had been there for over 15 minutes. I had been on the phone to water police about it, but they were pretty disinterested. The whale didn't seem to like the engine noise, so I set up another drift about 100-150m away, and killed the motor. as I drifted closer she turned into my path of drift, and, well the photos say the rest! I actually have a video of this. 

sad to hear she probably won't make it through tonight though. 

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Ha! Small world. I thought

Tue, 2023-12-12 09:57

Ha! Small world. I thought the boat looked too good to not be a keen fisho. 

I also called Sea Rescue and we contemplated calling water police but like you, they didnt seem to care. Couldnt help but note all of the fuss and round the clock monitoring on Monday. I guess DPAW is a Monday to Friday operation.


I can email you a very high res version of a different photo i have before it came at you if you want? 






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 Don't let the footage be

Tue, 2023-12-12 11:29

 Don't let the footage be made public the greenies will blame the noise from the drone for killing the whale.

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 Good advice. I think vessels

Tue, 2023-12-12 23:05

 Good advice. I think vessels are supposed to maintain 100m separation and drones similar. Happy to be corrected. 

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 Scotto you legend, You need

Tue, 2023-12-12 23:09

 Scotto you legend,


You need to change your pic to you holding up two sperm whales.


Too many whales around anyway, climate change, they emit methane...


I think that was one of the recommendations of cop69, less whales, less cows, but more export coal to help other countries keep the lights on....