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Shark hauled to death for memorable snap

A group of lifeguards pull shark out of water in Dominican Republic to pose for pictures

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jun 22 2016 1:51PM | Updated Date: Jun 22 2016 1:51PM

Shark hauled to death for memorable snap

After being held on dry sand for too long by a group of lifeguards and tourists who dragged it onshore to take photographs with it, a shark has died in Dominican Republic.

 

A video showcasing a group of men racing into the water and pulling a large blue shark out with ropes was posted online. Apparently, some of them were lifeguards from the nearby Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana.

 

The shark then appears to become tangled in the ropes of a life ring and thrashes violently.

 

Then, lifeguards appear to put a ring over the shark’s head and prod it with a plank of wood. It was hauled out of the ocean and tortured to death in harsh sunlight.

 

The hotel staff along with some children posed for pictures with the dying shark. They were seen holding its tail and making thumbs up gestures.

 

Indulging in such atrocities to entertain tourists is unpardonable. Naturally, the picture created an outrage online.

 

A series of photographs along with comments on the insensitivity towards animals was posted to Facebook by Gary Stokes, an animal activist. He highlighted the great measures being taken to preserve sharks in the Caribbean.

 

The hotel promised appropriate action against those involved in the disgraceful event.

 

Sadly, this is not the first time when a sea creature suffered in honour of an epic photograph. Four months ago, a dolphin died on a beach in Argentina after people tried to take selfies with it.