Never mind the fact that the whale shark is listed on the ‘Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’ list and what these dudes were doing was HIGHLY illegal, the fact that they thought it was a good idea to try and surf on a whale shark is just a grotesque display of human behavior. Sure, if I completely take a step back from a conservation mindset then watching two dudes try and surf on top of the world’s biggest fish is pretty interesting, but I made the mistake of watching Blackfish and have since been hyper aware of how intelligent big ass creatures in the sea are. But you came here for the video and the video you shall see:
This video first surfaced on the Marine Connection Facebook page before making its way to YouTube and the rest of the Internet. The video’s description from the Facebook page is as follows:
Wildlife harassment is never a laughing matter
Unbelievable 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. If anyone has any information on this incident, please message us. Please share widely.
Given that the people in the video are speaking Spanish I think it’s safe to assume this video was filmed somewhere between Mexico and South America, as whale sharks are known to inhabit those temperate waters. However, we don’t actually know where this video was filmed or who is in it. So if you’re outraged by the harassment of the whale sharks there’s sadly no clear antagonist here to direct your anger towards.
If it’s unclear what is happening in the video, here’s a few GIFs that might make it a bit more clear:
Tip of the hat to GrindTV for sharing this footage in an attempt to track down the guys surfing on this endangered species.