- A travel vlogger caught some tourists collecting starfish for their photo shoot
- The vlogger educated the tourists to take care of sea creatures
- The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development also commented on the issue
A travel vlogger caught some tourists in Balabac, Palawan, collecting starfishes to use for their photoshoot. KAMI learned that the starfishes were gathered in a sandbar in Candaraman Island.
Through a Facebook post, vlogger Lost Juan shared what he saw when he used a drone on the island.
“I Flew my drone far away going to different Sandbars in Candaraman Island, while filming this caught my attention,” the vlogger said.
“And I want to tell everyone that STARFISH IS NOT A TOY!” he warned everyone.
Lost Juan said that when the tourists noticed the drone, they immediately went to put back the starfishes in the sea.
“After they notice na nakamonitor drone ko sa ka ila, nagmadali sila ibalik sa dagat ung mga starfish so it means they are aware of it,” he said.
The vlogger also mentioned that his social media post is meant to educate the tourists to be responsible and take good care of the sea creatures.
“This post is to spread awareness and to educate people but I also want to say that IGNORANCE IS NOT AN EXCUSE. Common sense is the key. Sana wag ng tularan pa ngayong alam nyo na,” he said.
“The whole point is wag nyo na sila gambalain kung asan sila for the sake of picture. You can take photos kung asan man sila but do not touch them,” he continued.
In a report by the ABS-CBN News (author Diana Lat), the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) said that while taking photos of the sea creatures are allowed, people should not touch it nor remove it from their natural habitat.
“Kasi once na in-expose mo 'yung starfish doon sa sand tapos mainit, definitely maaapektuhan 'yung biological cycle nila kasi natutuyo sila and hindi sila designed na naka-expose ng matagal doon sa araw,” PCSD spokesperson Jovic Fabello said.
The PCSD also said that they will further strengthen their campaign to educate the people about the biodiversity,
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