Man On Jet Ski 'Harrassed Pod Of Dolphins' Before Riding Off
Paignton Police say the unidentified man allegedly pestered the wild creatures for over 45 minutes before finally leaving them alone.
They have reminded the public it is an offence to disturb wild animals and say such actions will not be tolerated.
In a post they said: "In the recent weeks we have been fortunate enough to have the company of Dolphins at Berry Head.
"We would like to remind everyone that actions such as the one in this picture are unacceptable. Intentionally or recklessly disturbing any wild animal, including dolphins, is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
"We will not tolerate this behaviour, the unknown male pictured harassed these dolphins for over 45 minutes before heading off. This type of behaviour is not acceptable and we ask that you please respect our wildlife. "
Pods of dolphins are regularly seen in Tor Bay. Holidaymakers use reputable boat tour companies to see them. The animals can often be seen enjoying themselves in the slipstream of boats.
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It is not clear why the man was apparently getting so close. The photo released by police appears to show him a matter of feet away from the animal as its dorsal fin emerges from the water.
Harassing animals just isn't cool and this guy should take note. But what about if they're the ones giving you all the attention? Take this little fella as a prime example when he decided to hitch a ride on Kerrie Rocket's paddle board and have a cruise along the River Arun near Littlehampton in West Sussex.
Speaking about the incredible encounter, Daren Ford, 52, from Hayling Island in Hampshire, said: "This happened when we were five miles or so up the river Arun which is where I think Gavin the seal has been spotted before.
"This was our first visit to this area and only my third time on a board; we checked the tide times and we were going upstream until the tide turned and then rode back on the opposite tide.
"We dropped our boards in from the pontoon and had been paddling for an hour or so. The sun was shining and we were chatting away oblivious that we were being followed by a seal.
"To our amazement, the seal just started going from one board to another, jumping on and relaxing! We had no food out, we never encouraged him in any way and kept our distance as far as possible."
They did it proper. Well done, guys (and Gavin of course).
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