Drone shows WA kayakers paddling near whale and calf

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    Drone footage has captured the incredible moment two kayakers paddled mere inches away from a whale and its calf in Western Australia.

    The perilous decision was caught on camera by Michael Mccormick, 28, who was on his way home from a surf at Hillarys when he spotted the duo.

    From the footage the pair can be seen hovering a few metres away from an adult Southern right whale – staring at the water coming out of its blowhole.

    From the footage the pair can be seen hovering a few metres away from an adult Southern right whale - staring at the water coming out of its blowhole

    From the footage the pair can be seen hovering a few metres away from an adult Southern right whale – staring at the water coming out of its blowhole

    Instead of hastily moving away the couple allow the current to take them even closer to the whale which breaches slightly out of the water.

    The whale’s tail hits the woman in the pink kayak but she still makes no move to retreat, even though her friend in the blue kayak is now using her oar to scramble away.

    Mr Mccormick told Perth Now that after the rare and extremely close encounter a group of policemen on a boat came past to reprimand the pair.

    ‘The rules are stay 100 metres from whales. That’s what the police were saying over loud speaker,’ he explained.

    'The rules are stay 100 metres from whales. That's what the police were saying over loud speaker,' he explained

    'The rules are stay 100 metres from whales. That's what the police were saying over loud speaker,' he explained

    ‘The rules are stay 100 metres from whales. That’s what the police were saying over loud speaker,’ he explained

    It is believed these particular whales are the same ones Perth watchers have been revelling in over the past few weeks as they migrate south

    It is believed these particular whales are the same ones Perth watchers have been revelling in over the past few weeks as they migrate south

    It is believed these particular whales are the same ones Perth watchers have been revelling in over the past few weeks as they migrate south

    Whales are extremely protective of their calves and stay with them for up to twelve months after the birth.

    Mr Mccormick thought that the kayakers might be swatted by this particular marine animal for coming too close – and admits they’re lucky they got away without a swipe.

    It is believed these particular whales are the same ones Perth watchers have been revelling in over the past few weeks as they migrate south.

    Mr Mccormick thought that the kayakers might be swatted by this particular marine animal for coming too close - and admits they're lucky they got away without a swipe

    Mr Mccormick thought that the kayakers might be swatted by this particular marine animal for coming too close - and admits they're lucky they got away without a swipe

    Mr Mccormick thought that the kayakers might be swatted by this particular marine animal for coming too close – and admits they’re lucky they got away without a swipe

    'The mother and calf appear to be in excellent physical condition and are displaying normal behaviours like spy hopping, logging and waving,' State government marine park coordinator Mel Evans said

    'The mother and calf appear to be in excellent physical condition and are displaying normal behaviours like spy hopping, logging and waving,' State government marine park coordinator Mel Evans said

    ‘The mother and calf appear to be in excellent physical condition and are displaying normal behaviours like spy hopping, logging and waving,’ State government marine park coordinator Mel Evans said

    ‘The mother and calf appear to be in excellent physical condition and are displaying normal behaviours like spy hopping, logging and waving,’ State government marine park coordinator Mel Evans said.

    In a statement written by Ms Evans about the whales she warns onlookers not to get too close or ‘distress’ them in any way.

    Those that do can be looking at a fine of up to $10,000.

    Southern right whales are currently listed as a threatened species in Western Australia and humans should not come within 100 metres of them.

    While Mr Mccormick was not sure if authorities spoke to the duo about their misdemeanor, they were waved on after the incident. 

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