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8 June 2016, 13:18
Cornwall Wildlife Trust are calling on people to stay away from basking sharks after a number of them have been spotted along our coastline.
Basking sharks can grow up to 11metres long and can weigh up to 7 tonnes, and are the UK's biggest fish.
Last month 5 were spotted off Porthcurno beach, and others have been seen around the Cornish coast in recent weeks.
They're usually seen around Cornwalls coast in the spring and summer when they're feeding close to the surface.
Now the Cornwall Wildlife Trust say they've had reports of people harassing or following the basking sharks.
Marine Conservation officer Abby Crosby says "Much of our marine life is protected by law, so it is not just an issue that we cant to protect these animals, but we have to.
" It is against the law to intentionally disturb or harass basking sharks or dolphins in our Cornish seas, and it is an issue thats ever growing in Cornwall with the popularity of people using our waters, so it's so important that we enjoy it in a way that doesn't disturb the superb wildlife that lives there".
Some advice for sea users, which can also be found in their Code of Conduct.
Actions that scare, startle or panic: