Drone pilot seal stampede video infuriates wildlife groups, police

Score it as multiple stupids in a single act. A drone pilot flying over a Scottish nature reserve provoked scores of protected seals to stampede in fear – filming the mass flight before circling back for an overhead selfie of his group. Now the cops are checking images from the internet upload to cite the flier for violation of laws prohibiting harassment of wildlife.

Idyllic nature video goes bad when drone pilot frightens sleeping seals to stampede

The video initially features idyllic scenes of a large community of seals lounging on a sunny beach in Scotland’s Forvie nature reserve, about 12 miles north of Aberdeen. The area is one of several designated haul-out sites – protected spots where seals periodically clamber onto beaches en masse for extended periods to mate, give birth, or simply rest. Flying lower in progressive passes, however, the drone pilot eventually provokes the spooked seals to stampede, then films the spreading pandemonium before swinging back…