Gold Coast men could face $20k fine for 'surfing' a turtle

(Facebook/Ricky Rogers)
(Facebook/Ricky Rogers)

Two Australian men have been slammed by animal welfare advocates after 'surfing' a turtle on the Gold Coast.

Ricky Rogers from Queensland, Australia, uploaded a photo to Facebook showing him and his friend standing on the turtle with the caption "surfed a tortoise on zee weekend.. gnarly duddddeeeee (sic)".

Gold Coast men could face $20k fine for 'surfing' a turtle

(Facebook/Ricky Rogers)

The photo was taken at Fraser Island in Queensland, a World Heritage site and popular tourist destination known for its rich biodiversity.

Mr Roger's photo was shared over 11,000 times, getting 2900 reactions and 1800 comments.

RSPCA Queensland has condemned the pair's actions, telling the Fraser Coast Chronicle that the men are "complete idiots".

"There's no way they should be doing what they were doing," said spokesperson Michael Beatty.

"Per usual, they've been idiots and posted it on Facebook... (and) hopefully people on Facebook will let them know what idiots they were."

Mr Beatty said the men could have seriously harmed the animal.

A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services spokesperson told AAP that rangers were investigating, and the men could be fined up to A$19,995 (NZ$20,990).

They said the turtle in the photo appeared to be dead.

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