Give whales some space or expect a fin for your troubles
The French overseas territory is one of the rare sites where swimming with whales is allowed, but local conservationists are unhappy that drivers are not following the rules and the whales are fighting back.
"It's a clear signal and coming from a 30-tonne animal, it can result in fatal accidents," said Olivier Hoarau, a conservationist from the CEDTM research and protection centre dubbed the "tranquillity brigade".
Hoarau regularly participates in patrols in the area which swoop in on drivers who break the rules about swimming near the whales. He said that since June, three-quarters of the 500 boats he has approached have broken the rules.
(With inputs from agencies.)