Guilty of Eco-Terrorism: Tourists and Tour Operators
Eco-Tourists [sic] and Eco Tour Operators [sic] are systematically destroying the fragile marine environment in the south Pacific and Southern [Antarctic] oceans.
“Eco-tourists” love dead natural beauty, at least according to a short article in New Zealand Nelson Mail:
“Tourists being guided along Farewell Spit were mesmerised by more than just the area’s natural beauty yesterday.
“A large sunfish, about 2 metres long, and 2m wide from fintip to fintip, was spotted as Farewell Spit Eco Tours driver John Stevens was heading towards the spit with a busload of tourists.”
Do the eco-terrorists get a warm sensation rushing through their body knowing they are alive and can spot the dad rare sunfish, but the dead fish can’t see them?
Look What We Caught! [Original caption: STRANGE FIND. Shelley Climo from the Farewell Spit Eco Tours office with the sunfish, found near Puponga township.] Photo: PADDY GILLOOLY/Farewell Spit Eco Tour (Via Nelson Mail). Image may be subject to copyright.
According to Farewell Spit Eco Tours owner Paddy Gillooly “the sunfish fascinated the tourists.”
“It was quite a good way to start the day. It’s one of the biggest ones I’ve seen.”
“The day before, tourists had seen a small dead minke whale that had washed up on the spit, and had since been washed away again.” The Nelson Mail said.
How very revealing!
“Mr Gillooly said he had seen about half a dozen sunfish washed up at the spit over the years. Because they could not manoeuvre easily, they could get washed into shallow water and stuck there.”
But do they all die of natural causes [sic]?
They were also a “very hard fish”, he said.
“Boaties and yachts sometimes [very often] run into them, and the yacht will [sometimes] come off second best.”
The world cannot survive with the impact of airline industry and tourism, but the “economy” can cope without the two!