A California man was sentenced to four days in jail, a $1,040 fine, one year of probation, and a one-year ban from Yellowstone after he was recorded jauntily walking across the off-limits outflow stream of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. Home to an extremely fragile ecosystem that can be irreparably harmed by as little as footprints, the thermal areas are also extraordinarily dangerous. Walking off the boardwalk entails stepping on a thin crust of mineral deposits that lay on top of boiling, acidic water. Park wardens do not hesitate to point out that such an act can easily result in critical injuries or death.
When questioned by prosecutors, the man initially explained that he was late to pick up a friend at the airport, and decided to take a shortcut. Given that he was picked up by wardens while at Old Faithful, the judge pointed out that were he truly in a rush to pick up a friend, he would not have stopped to check out another landmark in the park. Prosecutors also noted that park visitors overheard Jason Nguyen asking a friend if he “got the shot”, likely referring to a picture of him walking across the protected areas. After video of the man walking across the marshes went viral, the judge felt it was important to send a message that this behavior would not be tolerated. The National Parks are a privilege unique to the United States, but too often they are neglected by selfish or ignorant visitors. Be respectful to the fragile wonder that is Yellowstone and be sure to stick to the boardwalk.
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Black bear at Omni Mount Washington Resort. Photo: Omni Mount Washington Resort You probably think that you’re pretty classy. You bought your tux for your prom ten years ago, planning to return it, but after Sally Johnson had too much of the punch at pre-prom and spilled an entire plate of lasagna on you, the shop refused to take it back. Now, it hangs in your closet, baptized by an aging red stain that somehow still smells of that fateful night. But you’ll be damned if you let it go to
Marine biologists seem to keep scoring the jackpot with deep water cameras. OceanX recently got some uncomfortably close footage of a bluntnose six-gill shark while doing research in a submarine. Thankfully, no sharks were swallowed whole by a giant fish in this video—yeah we’re talking about you grouper fish, you sneaky bastard. RELATED: Ocean Ramsey Swims with Massive Great White Shark