Man on jet ski harasses dolphin for 45 minutes as angry police share photo

A jet ski rider has been called out by police for harassing a group of dolphins swimming in the sea off the coast of Devon.

Police have reminded the general public it is an offence to disturb wild animals and have said any person found to be “intentionally” or “recklessly” disturbing wildlife will not be tolerated.

Pods of dolphins are regularly seen in Tor Bay and holidaymakers use reputable boat tour companies to see them enjoying themselves, DevonLive reports.

But one man appears to have taken advantage of the animal's presence in the water and used a jet ski to get close to it.

Devon Police released a photo appearing to show the individual who is a matter of feet away from the animal as it emerges in the water.

In a post, it was revealed the man followed the dolphin for 45 minutes before heading off, which is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

The force 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."

Adding: "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. "

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