An enormous 395 kg tiger shark was reeled in by a group of fishermen on the coast of Sydney. The catch was made by Captain Paul Barning and the crew of the boat Dark Horse during a competition off the coast of Sydney, who spent 45 minutes to pull in the huge shark onto their boat before heading to Pot Hacking in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire to weigh. After weighing, it turned out to be 394.5 kilograms and was given to scientists for marine research.
The Australian reports that the shark, caught between Botany Bay and Port Hacking during the NSW Game Fishing Interclub State championship during the weekend, was brought in using a 15 kg break line.
A photo capturing the moment the group has been doing rounds on social media creating a heated debate. In the picture, the overwhelmed crew can be seen struggling to get the shark onboard their small boat, its head appears to be the same size as the boat’s Honda engine hanging partially off the small boat. While some people were impressed with the catch, the majority of viewers called out the cruel action.
The incident is receiving heavy backlash on the Internet as netizens point out ‘it wasn’t the right thing to do’ and many called the men ‘selfish’ and ‘stupid.’
The Port Hacking Game Fishing Club, after earning backlash from the public and environmentalists, pulled down its Facebook page, where the pictures were posted. As per reports, the head of Game Fishing New South Wales received ‘threats and abusive messages’ over the controversial incident.
Another image shows crew members of another boat The Undertaker reeling another huge shark with another already onboard. On Sunday, the same boat crew had caught a 340 kg shark.
These shark fishing tournaments are at the receiving end of backlash as critics pointed out the important role of sharks in marine ecosystems and many called to ban these tournaments.
One of the angry users asked what the thrill was of killing something for the sake of it.