A guy named Ricky Rogers and his friend from Gold Coast in Australia are really regretting their decision to post the above picture on their social media accounts as it’s looking like it could cost them up to $20,000 AUD. Too fucking right.
The Facebook post shows the two guys standing on the back of a turtle, which may or may not be dead, with the caption:
Surfed a tortoise on zee weekend.. gnarly duddddeeee.
The post received a pretty savage backlash, along with more than 4,000 shares, causing them to eventually remove the photo and change their social media accounts to private.
A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services spokesperson said that they’ve since launched an investigation into the images as they need to find out if the turtle was alive or not:
There is some evidence to suggest that this turtle was deceased at the time of the photo. QPWS are taking this matter seriously and investigating further.
The spokesman added that the maximum fine is $20,000 AUD or $15,000 USD.
Meanwhile, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Queensland spokesperson Michael Beatty said:
These guys are just complete idiots — there’s no way they should be doing what they were doing.
Per usual, they’ve been idiots and posted it on Facebook… (and) hopefully people on Facebook will let them know what idiots they were.
Michael knows what’s up. I’m going to take a wild guess and say that the turtle was probably dead, but even so these idiots should have known that the internet would not take too kindly to them posting those pictures. It’s pretty disrespectful whether the creature is dead or alive.
It’s nearly as dumb as the time this guy tried to take a selfie with a python and ended up getting bitten in the neck. Good one.