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Teens' whale photo sparks outrage

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Teenagers who posted Facebook pictures of themselves playing on a 12-metre whale carcass at Warrnambool in Victoria have been threatened with a $32,000 fine.

The images were published in the local newspaper, The Standard, today.

Department of Sustainability and Environment spokeswoman Mandy Watson told The Standard interfering with a whale, dead or alive, could attract hefty penalties.

"It is also an offence to approach within 300 metres," Ms Watson said.

The department has warned that anyone who approached or tampered with the carcass faced up to $32,000 and jail time.

The 40-tonne carcass washed up at Eagle Rock on July 16 and could not be moved.

The department said it posed a health risk to swimmers and surfers.

"The slippery carcass … is very unstable as it rolls around with the waves," Ms Watson told the newspaper.

"Whale carcasses attract large sharks and a decomposing carcass is a health risk.

"The carcass will swell and possibly burst open as it begins to decompose."

After the picture was published readers took to the internet to express outrage at the actions of the teenagers.

"What right do these morons have to anonymity? Such shameful, pathetic and callous behaviour should be held accountable," one commentor wrote.

Source:

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8501971/teens-whale-photo-sparks-outrage

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  • This is the beginning of the end of civilization caused by out of control Political Correctness.

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    • @2Phast4Rocket

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  • "It is also an offence to approach within 300 metres," Ms Watson said.

    and also this gem "(..)interfering with a whale, dead or alive, could attract hefty penalties." ($32000 + jailtime)

    Yep, somehow it's now possible to interfere with a dead whale and you must turn yourself in if you find yourself under 300 meters away from a whale busy decomposing itself.

    please, God, slap some sense into this miserable excuse for a human being and whatever department of eco-nazi-clown More..

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  • As much as i respect nature, teens are just being teens here.
    Obviously they dont have 32k so they wanna put them in jail?
    are you fucking srs? Its a dead animal ffs.

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  • my loving country Ausralia is being fucked up by crooked politicians and their idiotic laws..

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  • Oh big f'n deal. The whale was dead.

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  • Wow what is this nonsense, these people care more about a dead animal carcass than human beings.

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  • WTF

    DRAMA QUEENS ...IS A FCKING CARCASS ...NON A SENTIENT BEING !

    Im all for protect endangered species but sometimes this treehugers ridiculous vegan humanity selfhater are too much to bare ...

    No WHALE WAS DAMAGED TAKING A PICTURE OF A FCKING DEAD WHALE

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  • Just kids messing around, so what? Fuck going anywhere near that stinking thing though

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  • Personally, I wold not desire to stand on anything "Dead" of animal nature,
    but what is the big deal about standing on a dead whale, it's friggin DEAD for peats sake, I dont think it falls in the same lines as if they were photo standing on a dead person, which would bee disrespectfull to the person and family.

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  • The absurdity of the "environmentalists" over a dead freaking whale is laughable.
    I would surf it. I would also use it as a backstop for target practice.
    It's a dead freakin' whale. Get off your silly psuedo spiritual high horse you pretentious snobs you.

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  • They're idiots. The outrage is also pretty idiotic.

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  • Has the world gone mad? It's a dead whale. They didn't kill it.

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  • This is asinine. Its a dead fucking whale. Who cares if they stood on a dead fucking whale? They didn't hurt anything. They might have gotten hurt but that is their problem. These media idiots act as though they desecrated the body.........please.............

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  • Just a guy on top of a dead animal. I think most people forget were there meat is coming from.

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  • political correctness gone fucking mad! the whale is allready dead you dopey cunts.

    would be nice if they spent as much media time promoting the preservation of the whales that are still alive.
    Do they? no, they get their knickers in a bunch over what is nothing more than a piece of flesh.
    equating "ill treatment" of dead flesh with possible propensity for acting the same way towards the still living. idiots.

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  • Are you serious.. There kids.. Messing around is what they do. The whale was dead, Who cares. let them have there fun. It was a once in a life time opportunity!!

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  • Standard commercial TV 'Shock and Horror'

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  • Has the world gone completely mad? What universe is this? Who in the bloody hell cares if some teens goof around and stand on a whale for a few seconds? I don't even know how absolutely mentally retarded you'd have to be to care more than to sigh at it. Ì mean, like, MOVE ON people! It's not a big deal. Absolutely no harm was done. In any way, in and shape, in any universe. And obvisouly, they turn it into a "let's execute all internet privacy and anonymity, so that people don't feel comfo More..

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  • Up to a $32,000 fine? LOL at whoever passed that law.

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  • Omg quick there standing on the dead whale, fine them and send them to jail!

    Seriously though who the fuck cares. What's next, £60 on the spot fine for disturbing dead starfish.

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  • Oh come it's not like they killed it for fuck's sake. The news station just wanted to show the photo themselves and are dressing it up as making an important statement. Just like when Fox news showed the superbowl wardrobe malfunction over and over again while feigning outrage.

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  • It's amazing how NUTTY some government officials can be, particularly where it concerns whales. In fact, because the whale is below the high water mark it does NOT come under federal government jurisdiction and the DSE knows this.

    What has overtaken Canberra (the Federal Govt.) is the weirdest left-wing, nutty, greenie attitudes and this is resulting in (sometimes) illegal activities by some government departments.

    They really do go NUTTY when it comes to whales.

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  • Blubbering idiots, its dead, you cant hurt it.

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  • This is why I hate hippies.

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  • You do understand this is a dead whale people .. what's all the fuss about

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