Boat operators charged after alleged whale chase caught on camera
A well-known tour boat company that provides iceberg and whale tours in St. John's and Twillingate has been charged with disturbing a whale under the Marine Mammals Act.
It's the first time charges of disturbing a mammal have been laid in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The charge against Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours Inc. stems back to August 2014, when a CBC crew was riding along with Jack Lawson, a research scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Lawson and his team were working with the whales when a couple of boats, including a tour boat filled with tourists, moved in and prevented them from continuing their research.
The incident with the tour boat and a smaller boat, which were accused of getting too close to the whale, was caught on camera.
Walter Reddick, a resident of Tors Cove, has also been charged under the act.
Both Iceberg Quest and Reddick have first court appearances scheduled at provincial court in St. John's on May 14.