Jet ski drivers captured video ‘chasing’ dolphins in Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne.
Jet skiers lashed out after horrified witnesses filmed them ‘chasing’ dolphins on popular Melbourne beach: ‘Absolutely disgusting’
- A couple on a jet ski was filmed breaking the rules by getting too close to dolphins
- The men were caught in Port Phillip Bay on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula
- Social media has slammed the “eligible” couple, accusing them of not driving properly
Two jet skiers have been slandered after they apparently went “back and forth” right next to dolphins, in violation of environmental laws protecting the endangered species.
The vision of the men, which showed them riding just two meters from the marine mammals at Port Phillip Bay on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, was shared on social media this week.
According to Victoria’s Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA), jet skis should maintain a distance of 300 meters from marine mammals.
Social media commentators called the act “absolutely disgusting” but said they had seen similar behavior on the bay before “where ships repeatedly chase dolphins”.
The vision of the men driving within two meters of the marine mammals (pictured) at Port Phillip Bay on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula was shared on social media this week
Photographer Jessica Beckham captured the video, which showed a tattooed man piggybacking the black and yellow jet ski with a bearded man as they clumsily navigated the water.
The “irregular” driver was seen stopping and starting the watercraft and accelerating without paying attention to where he was going.
Dolphins leaped from the water right in front of the pair as they raced through the surf, pointing at the marine mammals up close and personal around them.
Ms Beckham said she’s spent more than 20 years in the Bay Area and seen “absolutely nothing being done” to enforce rules to protect wildlife.
“These guys on their jet skis were relentlessly going back and forth over dolphins this afternoon,” Ms Beckham said.
“The speed and erratic behavior of jet skis on this stretch of beach so important to these endangered dolphins is outrageous.
“This problem isn’t getting better, it’s a hundred times worse and absolutely nothing is being done.
“When will @deeca_vic do something to protect our sea creatures? We have regulations to protect our sea creatures, but who enforces them?’
“When will @deeca_vic do something to protect our sea creatures? We have regulations to protect our sea creatures, but who enforces them?’ (pictured a beach on the Mornington Peninsula in Flinders)
Social media lit up, calling out the “legitimate” jet ski users and coming up with creative ways to keep troublemakers at bay.
“Absolutely disgusting,” wrote one commenter, while another suggested the men need more training on the water.
“They look like they don’t even know what they’re doing wrong, it’s too easy to get a boat/jet ski license.”
“Every summer I think about how to attract more sharks to land to solve this problem,” joked another.
“A few shark sightings could keep them off the water and locals could enjoy some peace and quiet again.”
DEEECA was contacted by Daily Mail Australia for comment.
Commentators called for a ban on jet skis from the bay
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