Monday, 17 August 2015

Bottlenose Dolphins and seals are being harassed in Cornwall

Some water users around Cornwall’s north coast, particularly in the St Ives Bay area, have been repeatedly harassing Bottlenose Dolphins and other marine life, such as seals, in recent weeks.

This disturbance ranges from seals being flushed from their rocks into the sea by kayakers and rock climbers, and dolphins being chased by wildlife day trip boats.

Disturbing wildlife in this way is not only illegal, but also can result in distress to the animals, make them change their natural behaviour and, in the worst case, can lead to serious injuries, amputations and even death due to propeller strike. 

Abby Crosby, Marine Conservation Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust says: "We are lucky enough to get 17 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises as well as basking sharks and turtles visiting the South West.

"The last thing we want to do is to drive these beautiful animals away from our coast and their feeding grounds."

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