Victorian authorities Social media videos endanger Australian cetacean

Social media videos are causing harm rather than guarding Australian cetacean, Victoria officials say. A state conservation agency urged whale watchers to stay away from marine animals under the browbeat of heavy fines. This is happening as more and more incidents of social media videos posted online show surfers, swimmers and people in boats getting too close to marine life.

The state of Victoria’s conservation ordinance states that Tiktok and Instagram users who take and share close-ups of cetacean pose a browbeat to the welfare of the animals and encourage peril interactions. Starting in September, the regulator launched live dynamic water patrols to ensure that spectators keep a safe distance from cetacean and other marine mammals, including dolphins.

As a result of the new measures, expect potential fines of up to 3698 waiting for violations of local regulations. Local authorities are encouraging the public to move away from animals for several hundred meters, which often had social interactions with people. It is still unclear whether the rules are imposed only by the Victorian government and whether they are also enforced by other Australian states.

In recent years, there has been an increase in social media posts, including photos and videos showing people having body contact with marine animals. Although a number of positive or animal-friendly content has been published, there are matters when downloaders violate local animal welfare laws protected by national laws, including Australia.


Warning from the Victoria Regulator

The Supreme Nature Conservancy’s Kate Gavens said ignoring rules on photos or collecting likes on social media was “completely unacceptable,” the Canberra Times quoted her as saying.

Too many people ignore the minimum distance required to ensure the safety of the animals, according to Jools Farrell, vice president of the marine mammal rescue group orrca, as quoted by Australian media.

Farrell pointed out that you have to stay 100 meters away from a whale if it is in a ship. If the whale is a calf, then a person needs to say 300 meters. During this time, a distance of 500 meters should be exercised if a person experiences a migaloo or a white whale.

Photos on social networks

A number of environmentalists denounce the excessive contact of people with cetacean and other wildlife, especially when it comes to gaining influence online. However, there are matters when some scientists find a sign of this.

In February 2022, researchers at Ohio State University said that these social media or vacation photos of cetacean and zebras in the wild can help scientists track and collect information about endangered species, such as .

The topic has already been covered by Nature World News, which showed that the research team at Ohio University uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze photos of sharks and other animals in order to track individuals and their movements.

In May, the non-profit animal welfare organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) warned the public not to like or share videos of teased animals on social media.

In particular, PETA gives examples of such passages as scaring or humiliating other animals, including pets.