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Published on : Monday, August 28, 2017
Tourists have been disturbing the peace of wild creatures like porpoises, whales and dolphins while enjoying marine excursions off the Scottish coast, as has been mentioned by a leading wildlife protection group.
Currently police are investigating many incidents wherein sightseers have actually gone too close to the aquatic mammals.
In a particular incident one of the tourists had been taking photographs off Shetland, as he circled a group of killer whales too closely and split the pod. Also there were concerns that dolphins were being distressed at Chaconry Point in the Moray Firth that is one of the most popular places for seeing the creatures and also in Aberdeen Harbour.
There have also been some reports about tourist vessels venturing close to humpback whales at St. Cyrus National Nature Reserve in Montrose and even the fact that jet skiers have been going too close to dolphins on the River Tay, especially close to Broughty Ferry.
Porpoises, dolphins and whales are protected under the Conservation (Natural Habitats) Regulations 1994.
People disturbing them either intentionally or carelessly are likely to confront with a fine up to £5,000. The Scottish Government-led Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Scotland (PAW Scotland) is now requesting boat and also marine craft operators to respect the wildlife of Scotland or they are likely to risk endangering themselves and also the mammals.
The wildlife crime coordinator of Police Scotland, Sergeant Andrew Mavin said that they had received many reports of boat operators venturing really too close to cetaceans, at times to capture marvellous photographs.
He has urged people witnessing any kind of crime to immediately contact the Police Scotland on 101.