Tourist slapped with huge fine for taking selfie with endangered shark

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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28 replies
    • maxiemom says:

      That is your OPINION. I wish people like you would stop trying to force your beliefs on everyone else.

      Every Christian doesn’t feel that way, but those that do give the rest of us a very bad name.

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      • Rev. Dr. Yvonne Ray says:

        I am simply explaining the actual definition of karma. It is often misused but the common misuse of the word has not yet been “bastardized” into accepted usage. God gives us all free will so if people who claim to be Christians want to insult God, that’s up to them. Look up the word and you’ll find I’m right about the definition.

    • mike says:

      Seriously???? Karma originated in ancient India. It’s not a blasphemous term. Try telling those who practice Buddhism and Hinduism. You sir need to do your research!!!!!

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      • Rev. Dr. Yvonne Ray says:

        I have researched. My degrees are in the field of religion and biblical studies. Karma is a false belief held by Buddhists, Hindus and Eastern Indian religions and some Chinese religions. Karma is the belief that the UNIVERSE corrects wrongs. Karma does not exist. There is a God. The King James Bible – God’s instruction manual for our lives – tells us that we will reap what we sow. Karma is also the belief that the good or bad someone does in life determines whether they are reincarnated to a good or bad life. Reincarnation does not exist. The Bible tells us that it is appointed unto men once to die and after that the judgment. Belief in karma takes God out of the equation and presumes to make him powerless. The Bible tells us there is a real living and breathing demon behind every false idol/false god. People deluded by these false religions are actually worshipping Satan and his demons. God commands us not to put any (false) gods before him. It would be better to say that we reap what we sow or what goes around comes around or instant justice. Using the word karma is a slap in God’s face. It’s absolutely blasphemous. We should never insult God.

    • Cherryl Gallo (@CherylGallo5) says:

      Leave Cheryl alone, PLEASE! She can say whatever she wants Rev!!! And btw, it’s NOT meant in the LITERAL sense! Final item…”Pet Rescue Report” is about ANIMALS…NOT RELIGION, CULTS, PAGANISM, & ESP SEMANTICS! Go read elsewhere if u don’t like Ms Hannah’s writing! ????

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      • Rev. Dr. Yvonne Ray says:

        If you are speaking to me, please look up the definition of the word and you’ll find I’m right. I’m trying to help you people but go ahead and insult God if you like. And, go on and get a “You can’t tell me what to do” attitude. You’re not insulting me by misusing the word. You’re insulting God – especially now that you know the true meaning.

      • Helen says:

        Frankly it’s not a false belief by those who practice religion in Eastern India and parts of Asia. Who are you to criticize other people’s beliefs. YOUR GOD isn’t the only that exists. Prejudice against others religious beliefs makes you an EVIL person. BTW God doesn’t exist!!!! I agree with Linda…you are ONE IGNORANT Woman.

      • mike says:

        I did look up the definition and know the true meaning. And you are not right!!!! You just assume that your religion is above everyone else’s. What a self righteous attitude! A true Christian is someone who does not put down other’s beliefs because of cultural differences. Shame on you! Here I go “You can’t tell me what to”. I don’t need your help. Your “help” is worthless. Bub bye and may you burn in hell….lol.

      • Rev. Dr. Yvonne Ray says:

        Mike – I don’t know which dictionary you used because I have yet to come across the what goes around comes around definition for karma. I am not trying to push my “religion” on anyone but a saving relationship with Jesus Christ is the one and only way to heaven. That’s not being self righteous or putting anyone down. That’s simply being honest. But the unsaved, pseudo Christians and lukewarm Christians can’t handle the unpopular truth. Jesus Christ was loving but he spoke more about the consequences of sin and hell than anyone in the Bible. He was so brutally honest, politically honest and unpopular that he was murdered. I have repented and accepted a saving relationship with my Lord and Saviour so I won’t be going to hell. I pray that you won’t either.

      • Rev. Dr. Yvonne Ray says:

        Mike – Someday we will all know the truth. After death, when a person’s soul is required of them, it is too late to accept the salvation that our Lord and Saviour suffered and died on the cross to give us.
        As far as politics, Jesus Christ was a politically incorrect radical.

    • Rev. Dr. Yvonne Ray says:

      It’s none of my business but did you attend Antioch High School in Antioch, Illinois and live in a big Spanish style house on Rte. 173?

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  1. Solveig Pettersson says:

    What a horribel behaving! ! Poor Little shark???????????? watt a sufferimg! !!! And then she frow him/she AWAY !!!!! KARMA KARMATOO THEM !!!!

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  2. Beth says:

    STUPID WOMAN!!! This is ANOTHER reason why we are called “The Ugly Americans”. Do Americans go brain dead when they leave the country. Other countries money is NOT monopoly money and other countries people, animals and ANYTHING else is NOT for Americans to play with like a toy! STUPID WOMAN!

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  1. […] Earlier this year, a tourist in Brazil was heavily fined after she grabbed an endangered shark out of the ocean so she could take 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.  Check out the video and read more of that story here. […]

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