SimpleJack wrote in post #14717447
Very nice video. Looks like something I would see on Discovery channel
LONDON808 wrote in post #14718324
The video is great BUT - you relise that you broke a law which could get you in a whole bunch of trouble
Hawaii's Sea turtles are covered both state and federal law, They are an endangered species and harassing them in any way (includes swing towards them or trying to touch them or doing stuff that might make them uncomfortable ) can result in fines up to $14k Yes that's 14 thousand dollars.
Most people mean no harm but they are very susceptible to human diseases and infections.
No, you're absolutely right. They told us before letting us into Hanauma about the laws, but I wasn't even looking for sea turtles when this one showed up. It looks like I'm touching it, but I'm really not. And if you see the original clip it all happened fairly quick he popped out of nowhere! I didn't follow it or anything -basically was just lucky enough to get a glimpse of it for footage. But I do I wish the footage was as good as the thousands of other footage on YouTube of sea turtles from other tourists =/