A tourist on vacation in Brazil has been slapped with a $6,200 (U.S funds) fine after she tried to grab an endangered shark out of the ocean and use it to pose for selfies. The woman was videoed wrestling with the small shark that latched onto her hand during the struggle at Brazil’s Fernarndo de Noronha, an archipelago of 21 islands and islets located in the Atlantic Ocean offshore of the Brazilian coast. The woman and her boyfriend spotted the lemon shark swimming near the beach line and decided to pluck it out of the water and use it to take selfies for their Facebook page.
On Wednesday, a court charged the woman and her boyfriend with animal cruelty. Perhaps an equal amount of karma for the woman happened after she needed four stitches on her hand to repair the damage from the shark bite.
“The place is considered an animal sanctuary with all it’s nature protected and strictly watched over. All that she earned were four stitches in her right hand and a big fine from the authorities for the environmental crime,” stated one Reddit user.
It didn’t take long for the photos and the video to go viral – nearly every comment criticized the couple for their blatant disrespect of wild animals and protected environmental areas. According to 9NewsAu, the Chico Mendes Biodiversity Institute lists lemon sharks as a protected species. Although it is not known if this shark survived the trauma it must have endured, this incident follows a group of Argentina tourists who plucked a baby dolphin out of the ocean to take selfies and passed it around to multiple people. Tragically the dolphin died.
What a sad place for animals when they are forced to endure such egregious treatment from selfish humans. If only every judge assess such fines – surely this madness would stop.
(Photo of tourist taking selfie with endangered shark screenshot YouTube.)
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