Isle of Man News - POSTED Wed 13-06-2018

People urged to be sensible around basking sharks

by TH

People urged to be sensible around basking sharks - picture

People on the Isle of Man are being urged to behave sensibly around wildlife.

It follows recent sightings of basking sharks in Manx waters – they're protected under the Wildlife Act of 1990.

The sharks are the second biggest fish in the world and usually visit between May and August.

Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister Geoffrey Boots says: "People must behave sensibly and appropriately if they encounter protected animals, making every effort not to disturb them."

Other species protected under the Wildlife Act include wild birds and their eggs, bats, crickets, frogs, dolphins, lizards, and seals.

Mark Kerruish is a Wildlife Crime Officer – he says: “The law in this area is clear and actively enforced. 

"With the warm weather and the appearance of basking sharks, some may be tempted to try and get close to these animals, however it is an offence to deliberately disturb protected species.

"We're not out to spoil anyone’s enjoyment – but the message is clear where protected animals are concerned: be respectful and admire from a safe distance taking every care not to disturb them."

 

Photo by: Kathryn Fowler

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