22:29 GMT +315 July 2018
Listen Live
    Playful whale gets up close and personal, 'showering' these boaters with a spray of water

    Tourists Risk Their Lives and Freedom for Selfie With Whale

    © Photo : Facebook/ABC News
    Videoclub
    Get short URL
    0 02

    A boat belonging to the American company Anchor Charter Boats came so close to the gray whale that the crew allowed tourists to touch the animal.

    Environmental experts say that the organizers of the tour violated a federal law banning people from approaching marine mammals closer than 92 meters. A whale can strike or kill a tourist with just a swish of the tail. "I'm shocked, to put it mildly. This, of course, is the fault of the organizers. The company should be aware that for such violations, it can be fined 25 thousand dollars or lose the ship," said representative for the Center for Biological Diversity Steve Jones. The tourists now face prison or a fine of 10 thousand dollars.

    Related:

    ‘Why Hello There’: Curious Whale Shark Cozies Up to Australian Fishermen
    True Gentleman: Whale Protects Female Diver From Shark
    Aurora Borealis and Beaching: Astronomer Sheds Light on Mystery Whale Strandings
    Tags:
    boats, whales, tourist, fine, Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), United States
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment

    More videos

    • When you too cute to be a World Cup oracle
      Last update: 20:00 15.07.2018
      20:00 15.07.2018

      World Cup of Cuteness: Baby Pandas Playing With Football Decorations

      Some animals have become famous by making predictions for matches during the 2018 FIFA World Cup and some have even made accurate predictions. But sometimes it is difficult to determine whether these fluffy creatures are real oracles or their ability to foresee was just a coincidence. But no one can deny that they're at least really cute!

    • Cat Cafe catchy earthquake
      Last update: 14:30 15.07.2018
      14:30 15.07.2018

      Feeling the Vibes: Cats in Japanese Cafe Predict Impending Earthquake

      Despite all the achievements of technological progress, nature's ways of dealing with problems remain relevant. Who needs an expensive brand new seismograph when you can have a somewhat more traditional one - extra fluffy and purring?

    • Russian AFV Crews Performing Nighttime Firing Drills
      Last update: 08:30 15.07.2018
      08:30 15.07.2018

      Russian Armored Fighting Vehicles Perform Nighttime Military Exercises

      What could possibly be better than some tough military exercises? Only the same games at night! Russia's Ministry of Defense has published footage of armored fighting vehicles (AFV), performing nighttime firing drills.

    • Chinese Chef Carves World Cup Trophy From Squash
      Last update: 19:13 14.07.2018
      19:13 14.07.2018

      Delicious Pumpkin... Cup? Chinese Chef Makes Unusual Copy of FIFA Trophy

      Well, is this some sort of new take on a jack-o-lantern or pumpkin pie that is extremely difficult to make? It’s neither; rather, it’s just a copy of the World Cup trophy – and probably the most delicious such copy the world!