News-Turtle harassed at Perhentian Island

KUALA LUMPUR: Conservationists are up in arms against a local tour operator whom they believed promoted irresponsible behavior towards marine life.
A series of holiday snapshots featuring a group of snorkellers harassing a green turtle was widely circulated on the social media late last night. The photographs were initially posted by Perhentian Setia Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd on their Facebook page but quickly taken down following massive outcry.

A 33-second clip of the video was also removed. The photographs and videos clearly showed the snorkellers touching, manhandling and riding the turtle. A young boy in white rash guard top is believed to be the guide.

Turtles along with other marine life are protected under the Fisheries Act which states that no fishing, disturbing, harassing or catching is allowed. Failure to comply could result in a penalty not exceeding RM5,000.

Green groups such as Malaysian Nature Society and World Wife Fund for Nature-Malaysia (WWF) have contacted the enforcement agencies to look into the incident.

Read more: Turtle harassed by tourists at Perhentian Island - Latest - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/turtle-har … z23eyA5Oiw

You can see the harassing video in the NST website,

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Wildlife does mean the life in wilderness, but not untamed animals, rather the animals (or any organism) that is not domesticated for human use or fun. Leave them alone.