Officials in Puerto Rico are reportedly investigating an incident involving YouTube star Jake Paul after he was seen in a now-deleted video driving a vehicle on a beach that is a nesting area for turtles this time of year, the report said. New York Post reported.
“I commissioned a study to determine the conditions surrounding the use of two motor vehicles on beaches allegedly in Puerto Rico,” said Rafael Marchargo, Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment. in a statement (h / t TMZ). “Some media outlets today published a video of the influencer Jake Paul in a motor vehicle on the beach, an activity that is prohibited apart from law enforcement.
Although the video does not establish where or when it was performed, the DNER reminds citizens that this type of activity is prohibited by law in order to protect the environment and the species that can nest or live on the beaches. Those who break the law face fines and other penalties, if applicable. “
Switching back and forth between social media influencers looking for the perfect outdoor photo or video and environmentalists worried that the amount of attention is not right for the natural world has been going on for years. Have tried some popular tourist spots convince influencers not to geotag their photosso that followers don’t try to mimic their photos and trample on fragile ecosystems.
That doesn’t seem to be the case with Paul in Puerto Rico; according to TMZ, Paul was unaware of the nesting turtles and planned to cooperate with the authorities.
Paul and his brother Logan, who some media reported were in one of the vehicles in the video, are known for performing rule-defying stunts in their videos; Logan was widely criticized and later apologized for a video showing the body of a man who died by suicide. Jake took part in the 2019 Bird Box challenge, where he walked around blindfolded for 24 hours while on video, which later led to YouTube to block creators of showing “dangerous challenges and jokes” in their videos. And last year the police in Scottsdale, Arizona accused Jake Paul of criminal trespass and unlawful meeting when he was seen on video in a shopping center looted during a wave of protests over George Floyd’s death. Those charges were later dropped.