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A population boom increases risks for Australia's whale watchers

A population boom increases risks for Australia's whale watchers

Updated 10 September 2013, 16:55 AEST

The annual whale migration is underway down Australia's Indian Ocean coast and the Pacific coast.

They are returning to southern waters after the birthing season in warmer waters and it's prime time for that growing tourism market, whale watching.

However, The Director of Marine Sciences at Sea World on Queensland's Gold Coast, Trevor Long says people are putting themselves in danger by getting their boats too close.

On the West coast, authorities in the tourism and fishing town of Broome are also warning that the waters are getting too crowded and creating a safety risk.

Erin Parke went out on patrol with Broome's wildlife officers.

Presenter: Erin Parke

Speaker: Whale Watching tour guide Cameron Birch

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