Looks like the law caught up with a group of divers who were recently filmed riding a whale shark in Cenderawasih Bay National Park in Indonesia.

Predictably, the video, which was posted on Facebook and has more than three-quarters-of-a-million views, has resulted in a strident backlash by environmental advocates.

Sea Safari Cruises, whose dive boat the divers allegedly used, sent a letter to a local environmental group, saying:

“We in no way condone or facilitate or promote this kind of interaction with marine life. When guests come aboard and before any diving activities commence there is an essential briefing regarding common accepted safe practices such as maintaining good buoyancy and not to disturb or harass the marine life.”

Indonesian police arrested the divers a few days after the video was taken. No word yet on what charges they face.

Check out the full story in DiverNet.com.

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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  1. I like to be unreasonably hopeful and think there just are people who are so lame. It’s a rare occasion for a whale shark to be spotted here in Kauai. If we saw one and any of my clients decided to ‘take a ride’ it would be the only ride they took that day because I would not allow someone with such a remarkably low level of class to get back on my boat. Come dive with people who don’t ride the marine life – http://www.gardenisledivers.com

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