Don't Bother Hawaii Marine Wildlife, Officials Plead (July 16, 2021)

Representatives from NOAA Fisheries and the Hawai‘i Dept. of Land and Natural Resources held a media briefing on Friday about respecting marine wildlife, following several recent social media videos of people touching endangered Hawaiian monk seals.

Video from the news conference and monk seals courtesy Hawaiʻi DLNR, edited by BIVN



  1. Why aren’t these people in jail already? I seriously hate these tourists so much. Destroying our delicate wildlife and environment spreading disease and disrespect. Is it really worth it to allow them here? This needs to stop. Good idea on this app at least.

  2. Is it really that hard to have an official just hang out and guard them? I mean we spend millions on rehabilitation and reintroduction programs. Pay a few people to just hang out and babysit them.

  3. How about adding what people can do to help our sea mammals when they land on shore when military uses their sonars in the ocean. NOAA been called but they can't help the mammals return to the deep because of the law. Who can help or who to call?

  4. It’s sad that a lot of people do there own will and not the will of God.
    To look after the Earth, and thus God's dominion, is the responsibility of the Christian steward. A useful quote explaining stewardship can be found in Psalm 24:1: "The Earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it".

  5. I saw this behavior all the time in Yellowstone. People weren't messing with marine animals but just land animals. Then they get angry and want to sue someone when they get gored by a bison.
    People are assholes.

  6. One time I was on the Big Island, some stupid tourist kids were chasing a sea turtle in the water. The lifeguard was screaming at them, and they were so zealously into the chase and splashing that they didn't hear him. I wanted to beat some sense into them.

  7. I'm not getting it. Since tourism has basically been shut down for over a year, why all of a sudden is wildlife an issue? It's obviously non-profits pushing for funding. Don't ever, ever doctor an image that is patently false. Shame on Hawaii Democrats and your Representative in Congress. Is the State proud of being the number one recipient of food stamps in the Country?

  8. i lived mauka ho'okena beach for over 15 yrs, every morning tourist come 'to swim with the(spinner) dolphins'.with the 'assistance' of paid, 'new to island' guy … i cringe and would tell the people, 'these are not flipper, they are wild' and once a week someone get bit. i moved hilo side … cuz not many tourists(why i live here for 17yrs)

  9. If people would only spend the time gathering marine debris from the ocean (the biggest threat) as they would filming and turning in tourists, this app might accomplish something.

  10. They've been telling people this for years but nobody listens. Because they're selfish and they don't care. I lived in Hawaii for 14 years and I learned to understand the culture and the nature around me and it breaks my heart what's happening in the islands today

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