As if whale sharks, the gentle giants of the ocean, do not have enough to bother them.
They are hunted for their meat, can be accidentally captured by fishing nets and are sometimes injured by the propellers of tourist boats.
Now it seems that two men have decided it is time to try and surf the vulnerable species.
Video footage doing the rounds online shows the men standing on the back of the whale shark holding a rope that is attached to their moving boat.
The nearly three-minute clip starts with the men standing on the whale, fists raised in jubilation. Later, one of the men returns on his own for a second go to much laughter from his friends.
The video was posted on Facebook by London-based environmental group Marine Connection.
Wildlife harassment is never a laughing matterUnbelievable 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. Please share widely.Posted by Marine Connection on Monday, 15 June 2015 This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.