Men who surfed on sea turtle could face $20K fine

Courtesy: Matt Wright via Facebook

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA (WCBD) — Two men posed on a sea turtle on Fraser Island in Australia, as if they were surfing.

If they are found, the two could face fines up to $20,000 each for interfering with a natural resource, according to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

According to the Fraser Coast Chronicle, a spokesperson from the QPWS said rangers were investigating the incident.

The Chronicle has reached out to the alleged poster, Ricky Rogers, for comment.

Ricky Rogers posted the photo to his Facebook account of himself posing with the animal – mistakenly referred to as a tortoise – while visiting the island yesterday.

“Surfed a tortoise on zee weekend.. gnarly duddddeeeee (sic),” the caption read.

The post was shared by another user with the incident also reported to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. The photo has now been shared more than 10,000 times and has more than 1,700 comments, mostly from outraged people.

“When your brain is the size of a peanut, your thought process is ridiculous. Share this around and let’s see if we can get this fool a nice hefty fine.#fraserisland,” his post read.

It is unknown whether the turtle was alive or dead at the time of the photo.



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