Kitesurfer, 32, charged with molesting whale and her calf

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An Adelaide man has been charged with molesting a whale and her calf after beachgoers saw a kitesurfer repeatedly fly in close to the mammals.

Police were called to Christies Beach at 10.15am on Saturday after several reports of a man kitesurfing close to the animals.

"Patrols spoke to witnesses, who provided photographs and a good description of the kitesurfer," SA Police said in a statement, saying a similar incident occurred on Friday.

A kite-surfer kites the brave sea. Source: AAP/Stock image
An Adelaide man (not pictured) has been charged with molesting a whale and her calf. Source: AAP/Stock image

A 32-year-old man from Old Reynella was charged with two counts of molestation of a protected animal and failing to keep a prescribed distance from a protected animal.

He has been bailed to appear in Christies Beach Magistrates Court on August 2.

Whales and dolphins are protected by law in South Australia.

People must keep at least 100 metres away from a whale, or 50m from a dolphin. Special restrictions apply when a calf is present.

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