Surfers are caught harassing sea lions on a beach – just a day after a tourist was almost mauled when she provoked a sleeping beast
- A surfer in New Zealand was filmed throwing objects and disturbing 3 sea lions
- An anonymous Sea Lion Trust volunteer filmed the incident at Dunedin Beach
- This occurred 1 day after a tourist was nearly mauled provoking the mammals
- Department of Conservation recommends people stay 20m away from animals
A surfer has been filmed disturbing a colony of sea lions a day after a tourist was nearly mauled by the giant mammals.
The long-haired man, carrying a white surfboard, was caught throwing objects and running towards three sleeping beasts at Allans Beach in Dunedin, New Zealand.
‘I wish he’d trip on his bloody face,’ the camerawoman is heard saying as the surfer runs away from an agitated sea lion.
An unnamed surfer was filmed disturbing three sea lions by throwing objects and running towards the giant mammals at Allans Beach in Dunedin, New Zealand
The New Zealand Sea Lion Trust volunteer, who filmed the incident and wanted to remain anonymous, hopes the surfer will be punished for provoking the marine animals.
The less-than-smart incident has emerged a day after a tourist was nearly mauled for dancing next to a group of sea lions at Sandfly Bay, located in the same city.
The Department of Conservation (DoC) said people needed to exist in harmony with the sea lions and would not close any beaches where the sea creatures were active.
The DoC recommends people to stay 10 metres away from the sea lions when they are sleeping, and 20 metres away when they are awake.
The DoC also advises to avoid touching sea lions as it makes the marine animals aggressive and pass on diseases.
The Department of Conservation recommends people to stay 20 metres away from sea lions when they are awake