Police are warning people not to gather to watch whales as the creature graces Warrnambool's coast for the first time this year amid a COVID-19 lockdown.
Sergeant Martin Flannery, of Warrnambool police, said officers answered a call reporting that people were gathered at the Logans Beach viewing platform on Monday.
"I would suggest standing at a lookout is not exercise," Sergeant Flannery said.
"Times are difficult but if everyone can just hang in there and stick to the rules; I would hate to be the police officer handing out fines."
Coronavirus health restrictions allow only five reasons for people to leave their homes, including getting food and supplies, authorised work, care and care giving, exercising for up to two hours with one other person, and getting vaccinated.
Warrnambool welcomed its first whale at Logans Beach on Monday, one day ahead of seasonal plans for exclusion zones that protect the mammals.
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