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The Moron Files: Swimmers Harass Whale Shark, Attempt to Use it as Surfboard

posted: 06/18/15
by: SharkWeek.com Staff
Whale shark swimming
Zac Wolf/Wikimedia Commons

Common sense isn't always common.

A video shared by marine conservation organization Marine Connection depicts two flippant swimmers attempting to use a massive whale shark as a surfboard. The gentle giant repeatedly attempts to rid himself of the unwelcome interlopers, who carelessly climb back aboard:

Wildlife harassment is never a laughing matterUnbelievable footage of individuals 'surfing' a whale shark. What a sad reflection on their attitude to wildlife when, instead of considering themselves fortunate to see this majestic creature in the wild, they choose to participate in a stupid stunt like this (wonder if they would have done this with a great white shark?). As whale sharks are protected - the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Red List of Threatened Species lists the Whale Shark as vulnerable - these guys should be charged - come on FB community, please help bring these people to justice for their stupidity and arrogance treating a protected species in this way. Please share widely.

Posted by Marine Connection on Monday, June 15, 2015

According to The Dodo, whale sharks have a sensitive layer of protective mucous covering their skin that is easily disturbed by human contact.

Click here for more information from The Dodo

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