In Crystal Beach, Texas, a little girl told her parents she wanted a shark for her birthday. Obviously, the shark wasn’t to be kept in a safe aquarium at a refuge or wildlife park – rather the reason the child wanted the 6-foot shark remains a mystery.
According to WmazNews, the parents and the little girl were celebrating the child’s seventh birthday at Crystal Beach in Texas when she told her parents she wanted a shark. The men had been fishing and when they felt the pressure on their pole fought the black-tip shark for nearly 45 minutes before bringing it ashore.
The father stated they did not release the shark back into the ocean because there were many families and children swimming in the area. As described in Human Interactions
“Timid and skittish, the blacktip reef shark is difficult to approach and seldom poses a danger to humans unless roused by food. However, people wading through shallow water are at risk of having their legs mistakenly bitten.”
Perhaps the photo opportunity posted on Facebook apparently has brought outrage to many on social media – many viewers with questions about animal cruelty and respect for wildlife. What do you think? (That photo has since been removed, but it showed a child sitting on the back of a presumably dead shark.)
(Photo of 6-foot shark via Facebook)
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