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Great white shark conservancy slammed for ‘barbarian’ photos of 10-foot creature killed in Massachusetts

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Shark video: Great white hooks and eyes of a fish out of Cape Cod fisherman

New video shows a great white shark trying to steal a striped bass from a fisherman in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is under fire for posting photos of a 10-foot great white shark hanging by its tail on a dock in Massachusetts.

According to the agency, the great white was “accidentally” caught in a gillnet and died shortly afterwards. Since the catch was an accident, the AWSC determined it was not illegal.

The group, together with the regional Distribution of the marine fisheries and NOAA Fisheries New England/Mid-Atlantic arrived on the scene in Scituate, Ma. in the weekend to collect samples.

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The AWSC shared several photos of the dead shark, which was bleeding and hanging upside down in front of a crowd of people. In some photos, people turned out the pet of the shark, what the company on its fins.

Hundreds of people commented on the Facebook post, calling the images “barbaric” and “offensive.”

“AWSC, I am a big supporter. But I find this post very offensive . What happened to this animal is in my eyes criminal. Then to hang it as a trophy is disgusting. There are other ways for our children to learn about sharks. Want to discouraged you … I’m very disappointed,” a Facebook user commented.

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“Barbaric! Would we back a human life, such as that with such a lack of respect … the circle of life and we need to gain respect, because we are only a small part of that circle,” is a different argument.

“That’s horrible that animal deserves better, on the display, because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” a man added.

The AWSC defended the post, explained that the shark was moved, so that the researchers could take samples from the creature.

“The photos of our post are just after the shark was picked up from the boat to be moved to the ground for scientists to collect samples. There is a lot to learn from this animal,” the agency said the affected users.

Some users back to the AWSC’s research, the call of the shark’s death an “unfortunate accident.”

“I hope that we can know of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy what kind of things are learned from this type of research and what this shark tells us:” a user said.

“It’s unfortunate, but hopefully, scientists will make the most of this opportunity!” another comments.

Local researchers are studying the great white sharks for years by the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, partly financed by the AWSC. Since 2009, more than 120 great whites are tagged and checked for the coast of Cape Cod.

“These tags show that white sharks move around more in general throughout the North Atlantic than previously thought. When leaving Cape Cod in late autumn, they migrate to wintering habitat in the southeastern U.S. and the Gulf of Mexico,” research shows.

Jennifer Earl is an SEO editor for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @jenearlyspeakin.

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