Vandals hack parts off great white shark washed up on California shore (PHOTOS)
Members of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation (PSRF) were alerted to the shark after it was discovered by surfers on Thursday evening, reported the SF Gate. When they arrived it had been swept back to sea before resurfacing again on Friday morning, when the vandals are suspected of tampering with it.
“He had a dorsal fin when he beached last night. None this morning. People can be despicable,” one commenter said on Instagram.
"As a researcher and conservationist, that's valuable data," Sean Van Sommeran, director of the PSRF said, believing the vandals to be souvenir-seekers rather than poachers looking to sell the parts on the black market.
Great white shark washed up at 26th Ave and it was pretty big and fat! Only an 11 footer. I'd hate to run into a 20 footer! OMG😳@seanvansomeren1 was on the scene documenting it for the Pelagic Research Team. Big thanks to @papa_buth for the heads up!🙏 📸 @lqidimagery #lqid #spl_waterhousing #santacruzwaves #vertra #lqidimagery #aultasurf #surfphotography #canon #ocean #sharethiswave #committed #linksoul #merge4 #nellysmagicmoments #electric #reedsgingerbrew #sunridgefarms
Van Sommeran claimed authorities have a lead on who is responsible for the incident.