Scuba diver arrested after riding on back of whale shark

A scuba diver filmed riding on the back of an endangered whale shark has been arrested, authorities in Indonesia say.

He was identified as a local businessman, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The man was diving with friends in Cenderawasih Bay when they came across the majestic marine creature.

Footage shows one of the divers lying on the whale's back grabbing the sides of its head before signalling 'ok' to the camera. Two of the men were holding on to the whale's sides.

Outraged environmentalists complained and the authorities identified and arrested the businessman.

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