June 18, 2019 4.45 pm This story is over 28 months old

‘Stupid’ jet ski riders disturb seal colony

An expert has warned that it could drive the animals away for good

Three jet ski riders have been labelled “stupid” for disturbing a colony of 250 seals in Skegness, many of which are expecting pups.

Footage emerged online from a local birdwatcher who was shocked to see them get so close to the seals at Gibraltar Point.

Liam Andrews took the video and said that they were “three selfish individuals who intentionally disturbed the colony.”

Many commented on the footage to call them “complete idiots” and said they hoped it wouldn’t become a regular problem.

The manager of Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Matthew Yeadon, told Lincolnshire Reporter that the jet skiers could drive them away for good if it keeps happening.

He said: “It’s just plain idiocy. Some of the seals will be quite heavily pregnant at this point so it will give the animals a lot of problems.

“These are big animals with a bite strength stronger than a Rottweiler so it can be dangerous for anyone who gets near them.

“If these people are persistent it could drive the already dwindling species away from the area. It’s the most direct harassment and tormenting we’ve seen.”

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