Aerial Disclaimer

Drone Filming of Marine Mammals Within Legal and Ethical Boundaries

Any content of video or photos showcasing the use of a drone or aerial platform to capture footage of marine mammals in their natural habitat, specifically within the region of Queensland, Australia is done so in a purely educational and informative manner. The purpose of this content is to share the awe-inspiring beauty of these creatures while highlighting the importance of responsible and ethical drone operation in proximity to wildlife, in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.

It is essential to understand that any drone or aerial vehicle depicted on this site strictly adheres to the following principles, including the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations and local Queensland laws:

  • Licensed Pilot: Any drone flights were conducted by myself a pilot holding a Remote Pilot License (RePL) issued by CASA, ensuring a high level of competence and knowledge in operating drones safely and responsibly.
  • Safety Spotters: Appropriate safety spotters were employed to assist the pilot in maintaining a safe distance from marine mammals and other potential hazards, enhancing the overall safety of the operation.
  • Observation from a Distance: All drones were operated at a safe and respectful distance of at least 100 meters from marine mammals, as mandated by Queensland's marine wildlife protection regulations and CASA's drone operation guidelines.
  • Compliance with CASA and Local Regulations: All flights were conducted in strict accordance with all relevant CASA regulations and local Queensland laws pertaining to drone operations near marine wildlife. All required permits and authorizations were obtained from the appropriate authorities.
  • Protection of Marine Life: Flight routes were carefully planned to respect the 100-meter distance requirement from marine mammals, as outlined in Queensland's whale protection laws. Flights did not interfere with the natural behaviors and patterns of the animals.
  • Minimal Intrusion: Drone flights were designed to be as unobtrusive as possible, aligning with the principles of CASA's safe drone operation guidelines. It avoided sudden movements, noise, and rapid changes in altitude that could disturb the animals.
  • Recording without Harassment: Any content captured by drone was done so without inducing stress or harassment to the marine mammals. All drones maintained non-invasive approaches while still providing viewers with a remarkable perspective on these creatures.
  • Educational Intent: All videos and photos aim to educate and raise awareness about marine life and responsible drone operation, specifically focusing on adherence to distance regulations. It does not endorse any intrusive actions, and viewers are encouraged to treat wildlife with respect and care.

Viewers of any videos or photos posted here are reminded of the following:

  • Hands-Off Approach: When observing marine mammals in their natural habitat, it's essential to maintain a hands-off approach and avoid any direct contact or interference.
  • Adherence to Laws: Individuals interested in conducting drone operations near marine life must familiarize themselves with CASA regulations and local Queensland laws, including the 100-meter distance requirement, to ensure the safety and welfare of both the animals and the drone operators.
  • Responsible Wildlife Viewing: Whether through drones, boats, or other means, responsible wildlife viewing contributes to the preservation of delicate ecosystems and the protection of vulnerable species.

The creators of any videos or photos and all involved parties emphasize that the content is presented for educational and conservation purposes only. By watching this media, viewers acknowledge that all drone flights and marine mammal observations depicted were conducted in full compliance with CASA regulations and local Queensland laws, including the 100-meter distance rule. The creators and participants disclaim any liability for actions taken by viewers based on the information provided.

Please treat marine mammals and other wildlife with respect and consideration, and prioritize their well-being above all else.

Thank you!