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An Auckland man has been fined by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) for recklessly jumping from a boat to touch orcas. The man’s actions were captured on video, leading to his identification and subsequent fine.

The DOC has stressed the importance of respecting protected marine mammals, highlighting the significant risks posed by such behavior. Approaching orcas, which are classified as whales under New Zealand conservation legislation, is illegal, and disturbing or harassing these creatures can result in legal penalties.

In addition to the legal aspects, the DOC underscored the dangers that boat strikes and noise pollution from vessels pose to the orca population in New Zealand waters. The agency continues to advocate for responsible behavior around marine wildlife to ensure their protection and conservation.


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Article Title: New Zealand man fined for ‘body-slamming’ orca after footage is posted on Instagram
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