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A 9-foot juvenile tiger shark that had its stomach cut open and his teeth and jaw apparently removed was photographed on a South Carolina beach this week.
The mutilated shark was discovered on the beach of an undeveloped island north of Hilton Head Island by a sea turtle protection team, who sent the photo to state officials, The State reported.
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Bryan Frazier, a shark biologist at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR), told the outlet the shark seemed to have weighed between 200 and 300 pounds.
He also said that the ac outlet to which the shark seemed to have been carved by a man — and it was not done by scientists, he added.
“They eviscerated …. with a straight line to be cut, but that was not done by an animal,” Frazier said the outlet. “It really is a strange thing to do.”
Frazier said that it seemed like the shark’s stomach was removed — it may be examined. – and the jaws and the teeth are cut.
“It is a bit confusing to see why someone would do this,” he said. “You hate to see anything killed for no reason.”
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Fishing captain Chip Michalove tweeted a photo of the mutilated young shark on Thursday.
“Tiger shark killed in port royal sound, jaws cut and stripped of. I am all for the keeping of mahi, grouper, snapper, etc. but to kill an old fish just for the jaws is a bit selfish,” he wrote in a tweet.
Tiger sharks are legal to catch and kill in South Carolina, according to The State, which reported that the fishermen can kill in a tiger shark a day if it’s longer than 54 cm.
Fishing captain Chip Michalove, known as the “shark whisperer” said he is afraid that too many tiger sharks are killed each year because it is legal to catch and kill them in South Carolina. (Stock image)
Michalove, known as the “shark whisperer,” told the outlet he is afraid that too many tiger sharks are killed each year.
“Sharks that big can’t just be replaced,” he said. “I’m afraid for their population.”
“Sharks are the lions of the ocean ecosystem, and killing them means killing of many species among them that we also rely on,” he added.