Cornwall Cornucopia - Cornwall Wildlife Trust

PUBLISHED: 13:42 04 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:00 20 February 2013

Common dolphins. Phtot: Colin Speedie.

Common dolphins. Phtot: Colin Speedie.

A monthly round-up of the people, places and paraphernalia which make Cornwall the quirky county it is...

Cornwall Cornucopia - Cornwall Wildlife Trust


A monthly round-up of the people, places and paraphernalia which make Cornwall the quirky county it is...

An increase in the number of dolphins, sunfish, seals and whales spotted off the Cornish coast has prompted a warning from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust for the public not to get too close to marine life.
The trust has had several reports of wildlife being harassed, having been followed by sea users around Cornwalls coastline. These reports include boats getting dangerously close to basking sharks near Sennen Cove and kayakers disturbing seals at numerous locations on the north and south Cornish coast.
Abby Crosby, Marine Conservation Officer for the trust, says: We are lucky enough to get 17 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises, the internationally rare and magnificent basking shark and resident and visiting seals around the South West. The last thing we want to do is to drive these animals away from our coast and their feeding and breeding grounds.
To raise awareness of the issue, Cornwall Wildlife Trust have developed a code of conduct to explain the best way of watching these animals safely. This can be downloaded from www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/coastalcode

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