Friday 20 April 2018

Fury as men film themselves 'surfing' on the back of a rare whale shark

David Kearns

Two men filmed ‘surfing’ a whale shark should be prosecuted say wildlife groups, who condemned the men’s actions as “a stupid stunt.”

A three-minute video showing two men standing the back of the giant underwater creature has sparked widespread outrage online.

The men, who speak in Spanish, are seen climbing on top of the shark while being towed behind a boat.

Those filming the incident can be heard laughing and cheering the pair on.

The footage was posted on a Facebook account in Venezuela earlier this month, according to the conservation group Marine Connection.

“'Wildlife harassment is never a laughing matter,” it said on its Facebook page.

The London-based group re-posted the clip online in the hope the men can be identified and "brought to justice”.

Whale sharks are among the largest animals in the sea, averaging more than 12 meters in length, and are protected and classified as "vulnerable" to extinction.

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