There is not much chance of any improvement to the environment when crass stupidity, sheer idiocy and total disrespect of marine life is widespread and rampant. This story was in the Cebu papers last week, but it has now gone global via the internet and is a lead story on AOL. It is rightly causing outrage amongst conservationists world wide. At Boljoon, southern Cebu island, fishermen pulled a stranded whale shark into shallow water. These are extremely gentle giants of the sea. Having pulled it into shallow water, scores of people then went to it to poke and prod it. One imbecile then tied a rope around its tail so that it was held there, an act of cruelty in itself as whale sharks need to keep moving in the water to breath. Obscenely, one girl, whose turn it clearly wasn't to be in charge of the family brain cell, was photographed on the poor creatures back "surf boarding".
It was finally released and guided out to sea by some people with a bit of knowledge, but injuries could be seen around the tail and the head. What thoughtless lunacy. The powers that be, who are pumping billions of pesos into encouraging tourism then wonder why tourists come here, see that kind of stupidity and vow never to return, telling others about it who then also decide not to visit. The story on AOL is already attracting a host of negative comments, one of the most poignant being from someone who wrote, "I'm surprised they didn't kill it and eat it". I guess the writer of that has already visited here. The authorities in Cebu say they want to tighten up the laws, which is just words to pacify an angry world press, because if they can't enforce the existing laws then any new ones introduced won't be enforced either.
Last edited by Broadside; 04-09-2012 at 05:19 PM.
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