HUNTINGTON BEACH (USA)-
Fishing sharks for fun. On Huntington Beach, south of Los Angeles, a couple of anglers on the pier film their catch of the day: a juvenile white shark. But putting the footage on YouTube wasn’t so smart. Now the angler who caught the shark is under investigation.
The pier of Huntington Beach recently has been crowded with shark fishermen. On august 23rd a YouTube user by the name of Ograza 13 uploaded a video showing the illegal capture of a juvenile great white shark that was stuck with a rope gaff, hauled onto the Orange County, Calif., pier and dragged around as it bled and gasped for breath.
Thanks to a tip from a witness and the incriminating footage, the angler who reeled in the five-foot shark has been identified, and put under investigation for the take and possession of a protected species. Police say they have the shark and also the person identified that caught it. ‘Nobody is going to get away with anything’, a spokesman of the Department of Fish and Game said.
Great white sharks have been protected in California waters since 1994. Unlawful take and possession is a misdemeanor and those in violation face possible jail time and large fines. Southern California waters are utilized by juvenile white sharks as a feeding ground. They prey mostly on small fishes, rays and other small sharks until they get large enough to migrate offshore and to the north to prey on seals and sea lions.
See the video. What a waste of life: