A recently posted video of a group of guys in Hawaii bringing in a Tiger Shark has sparked controversy with animal welfare groups claiming the act is “disgusting” and “saddening” and were looking to take legal action. However, as fishing in the harbour is not prohibited, the teens were well within their rights and no charges were made.
Take a look at the video:
Whilst I can understand why an animal conservation group might react negatively to the footage, I do question what the difference is between a video like this one below:
The only difference between these two clips, is that in the first, the shark is much larger and being dragged in over rock not sand but the second fisherman was not named and shamed by international media outlets.
Perhaps what is most disturbing to the Ocean Defender organisation is that the particular Tiger Shark caught in the first video is known to the organisation and is tagged as a local resident of the area, often being fed by local fisherman.
Oriana Kalama, who founded the Ocean Defender organization for sea animal protection, told Wave3 she was “really upset and saddened by the situation.”