An afternoon orca visit thrilled Hibiscus Coast residents yesterday, but for some, the close encounter wasn’t close enough.
The pod was spotted from Red Beach to Army Bay between around 3pm and dusk, with many beach-goers enjoying the display from shore.
Some took to the water to get a closer view.
The kayaker and orca appear to interact before the individual swims back to the kayak.
The orca appeared playful in its interactions with the swimmer, but comments on Facebook have been quick to point out the potential danger of the situation, as well as the marine mammal protection laws.
“Stunning effect, but breaking the law, which is there for a reason. If something had to happen, the orca would be blamed,” Andrea Webb says in a comment.
Under the Marine Mammals Protection Regulations 1991, it is an offence to swim within 100 metres of a whale, orca included.
The potential penalty for breaching the regulation is a $10,000 fine.