A man from Alabama has been fined $1,500 after touching an endangered Hawaiian monk seal and harassing a sea turtle on a beach in Kauai. He was reportedly filming himself touching the animals, posting the video on Instagram with the hashtag #monkseals. In the video, he’s seen walking up to a sleeping monk seal, then running away after the seal reacts. What he also caught on camera was his own undoing, a sign from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) letting beachgoers know not the get too close to the wildlife. He’s reportedly agreed to pay the fine.
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