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Tuesday morning began with some much-needed sunshine and tranquility on Brunswick Beach.

Sun glistening on the water and numerous pods of dolphins, with young, feeding on the schools of mullet and surfing the breakers.

It’s the time of year we are blessed to see so many dolphins so close to shore.

They were the same distance out that I have witnessed, on two occasions, Bryde’s whales feeding off Brunz and Tyagarah.

It ended with my furiously trying to rally the other beach-walkers and fishers to make a formal complaint to Maritime NSW.

Two men, in a blue inflatable zodiac-type boat, came roaring up at high speed from Tyagarah, parallel to the beach and less than 80m from the shoreline, revving and joyriding the breakers.

They seemed oblivious to anything, it seems, except their adrenaline yet the disturbance they created with their noisy, mindless fun caused untold disruption.

I have seen this boat on another occasion doing the same thing.

Having researched and worked with injured marine life, and in particular dolphins, whales and turtles, I can assure you it is this kind of behaviour that is most likely to cause fatal propeller strikes to these surface-breathing creatures.

I managed to attract the brief attention of the driver in the red lifejacket with my arms in a big cross and trying to sign language ‘dolphins’ to him. He waved back like he was famous and continued on revving.

I hope this personal complaint reaches you guys and we can nip this kind of intrusive, rude ‘fun’ in the bum before others join in.

Unfortunately terrorising marine life it is not considered illegal unless they actually see the dolphins or whales and intentionally go within legal limits.

Lets step up the awareness levels, humans!

Wren McLean, Mullumbimby

 

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