Seriously, are people really this stupid?
It’s not funny. It’s stupid. And it’s harmful.
Stupidity? Have a look at this:
You really want to go touching that thing with multiple sets of sharp teeth?
Trust me, I know from experience just how volatile marine life can be. I never even touched the thing, but I’ve been bitten by a reef shark for simply getting too close when trying to take a photo. I’ve been attacked by a trigger fish – without touching it. I’ve even been bitten by a bloody clown fish – without touching either it or its home anenome. Many animals tend to have a fight or flight reaction. You only need to take a look at Youtube to see how many times moray eels go for the fight option.
It’s also harmful. Humans carry diseases and other bacteria that can have a detrimental effect on other species that have not been raised to have an immunity to it. Stay at a respectable distance, and satisfy your curiousity safely (both your own, and the animal’s).
I am appalled that the news outlet is glorifying this behaviour. It’s disgusting.