Crowds have formed at Slapton Sands in the hope of catching a glimpse of a Humpback whale which was first Spotted yesterday (Thursday 23rd February) and is still in the area.
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There has been concern that the whale may beach itself but a post on twitter by Devon Wildlife Trust says it seems fine and is swimming up and down with around 100 people watching.
Our Marine Conservation Officer reports 100 people whale-watching at Slapton. Humpback swimming up&down, seems fine https://t.co/1oLVyjazHa
— Devon Wildlife Trust (@DevonWildlife) February 24, 2017
Kingsbridge Police have advised people to watch from the shore and not to go near it by boat:
A spokesperson for Kingsbridge Police said:
“A Humpback whale is currently swimming around the sea close to Slapton Sands.
It’s very rare to see a humpback whale in this area so the likelihood is that it’s ill and may well beach itself.
The Whale has drawn crowds this morning from the beach which is understandable and totally acceptable, however please do not go anywhere near it on a boat.
“The area is being patrolled by The Devon & Severn inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority and anyone caught harassing the whale could be liable to prosecution under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 which could result in a fine and / or prison sentence,”
Humpback Whale (also Common Dolphins & H Porpoises) feeding on Herring & Mackerel off Slapton Beach @ML_SW_Sightings @tom_m_brereton pic.twitter.com/FNyDYUh0W1
— Seaskywatch (@SeaSkywatch) February 23, 2017
The area is being patrolled by The Devon & Severn inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority and anyone caught harassing the whale could be liable to prosecution under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 which could result in a fine and / or prison sentence.
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