Man is handed a hefty fine after breaking into Sea World late at night

Theme park lover is handed a hefty fine after breaking into Sea World late at night – but he has an amusing excuse

  • Security guards saw Luke Gowman lurking around the theme park after hours
  • When staff couldn’t find him sniffer dogs tracked him down in the seal enclosure
  • Gowman represented himself in court, pleading guilty to one count of trespass

A man said he broke in to Sea World and concealed himself in a wild animal enclosure because he wanted to see the seals.

Luke Gowman was slapped with an $800 fine inSouthport Magistrates Court on Wednesday for jumping the fence at the Gold Coast theme park on February 10.

Security guards spotted Gowman lurking around the aquatic park after climbing over the fence at about 9.40pm.

Pictured: Luke Gowman, who admitted to breaking in to Sea World on the Gold Coast to see the seals

Pictured: Luke Gowman, who admitted to breaking in to Sea World on the Gold Coast to see the seals

When staff could not find him, sniffer dogs tracked him down in the seal enclosure. Pictured: a seal at Sea World

When staff could not find him, sniffer dogs tracked him down in the seal enclosure. Pictured: a seal at Sea World

When staff could not find him, sniffer dogs tracked him down in the seal enclosure.

Sergeant Nicole Conditsis told the court that Gowman told police he ‘wanted to see the animals’.

Magistrate Gary Finger acknowledged that no damage was done to the park, but added that fences are installed for a reason.

Gowman represented himself in court and pleaded guilty to one count of trespass.

Magistrate Gary Finger acknowledged that no damage was done to the park, but added that fences are installed for a reason. Pictured: A seal at the enclosure at Sea World

Magistrate Gary Finger acknowledged that no damage was done to the park, but added that fences are installed for a reason. Pictured: A seal at the enclosure at Sea World

He said he was not drunk or under the influence.

Outside court, Gold Coast Bulletin reporters asked Gowman why he visited the park after hours.

‘To see the seals,’ he replied.

When reporters asked if it was worth it, he replied: ‘Not really.’

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