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Tourists have reportedly been throwing rocks at an area of seal pups (Image: Getty)
Cruel tourists have reportedly been throwing rocks at an area of baby seals forcing police to step up their patrols.
Police on the Pembrokeshire coast in West Wales are increasing their patrols during ‘pupping season’ after reports of stones being thrown toward the young animals, reports Sky News.
Regular visits will be paid by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Dyfed-Powys Police to Pwll y Wrach – also known as the Witches’ Cauldron – to ensure seals’ safety.
As well as rocks being launched toward the areas where seal pups are congregating there were further reports of people getting too close to them while taking part in water sports.
Dyfed-Powys Police and Natural Resources Wales have been approached for a comment by Express.co.uk
PC Roger Jones from Dyfed-Powys Police has been seconded to NRW.
Police in Wales have had to step up patrols to protect the seals (Image: Getty)
He told Sky News: “We have growing concerns for the welfare of the seals who are using the area to breed and have pups at the area known locally as the Witches’ Cauldron.
“We urge people to take heed of our request to stay away from the area to give seals the space and time they need.
“Getting too close to the seals could frighten and disrupt them and remember, seals are protected, and it is a criminal offence to intentionally injure, kill or remove them from their natural habitat.”
Last week, NRW said a dead pup was spotted floating inside the Witches’ Cauldron – a collapsed cave along the coast.
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Pembrokeshire is home to two types of seal – the Atlantic grey and the Common or Harbour seal.
Though they are in Welsh waters all year round there are a couple of times during the year you are more likely to see them on beaches – inlcuding when they come ashore to pup in the autumn.
You will spot them from mid August till November.
Seals are protected by law and acting the wrong way around them can cause mothers to abandon their pups.
A code of conduct by Visit Pembrokeshire sets out some helpful advice.
1. Seals are best viewed from the coast path – it’s handy to have a pair of binoculars. Please take care on the cliffs and keep a low profile.
2. Keep off beaches with seal pups present.
3. Dogs can be particularly disturbing to seals, keep them on a lead or better yet keep them at home.
4. Keep noise to a minimum.
5. Move away if you notice signs of disturbance.
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