VIDEO: Great White Shark Illegally Caught and Killed in Huntington Beach

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Great white sharks are in our local waters, deal with it.
​​A group of fishermen may face charges for illegally catching and killing a "prohibited" young great white shark over the weekend on the Huntington Beach pier.

Fortunately for officials, the video of the illegal incident was posted to YouTube on Aug. 23 (which can be viewed after the jump). In it a man holding the camera identifies the two-and-a-half foot shark dangling from the end of three separate hooks as a mako. He and his fellow Nike-wearing fishermen revel over their catch and try to organize their efforts to try to pull it onto the pier. 

It wasn't a mako shark. It was a young great white shark and while the group of fishermen can say they didn't know otherwise, that defense shouldn't hold up if they face misdemeanor charges. 

"From the water it would be hard to tell, but as it was pulled up, it would have been pretty identifiable," said Dr. Chris Lowe, who runs the Shark Lab at Cal State Long Beach, which was founded in 1969. "Ignorance is not a good defense anymore."

Currently the case is under investigation, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times

Identifies of the fishermen and official charges have not been released. Officials from the California Department of Fish & Game Enforcement haven't returned messages for further details.

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The fishermen in question made a spectacle of their catch.
​While adult mako and great white sharks may be occasionally confused for one another, Dr. Rowe pointed out that the difference between the two at a young age is distinct. Young makos are "a beautiful grey-blue color," while great white's are "just grey," though in varying shades. Great whites also have black tips on the underside of their pectoral fin, which are the fins which stick out to the side like wings. 

In the background of the video, another voice, possibly one of the men catching the shark, can be faintly heard saying "blanquito" ("small white") and "illegal."

According to reports, a bystander contacted the fish and game warden and the fishermen were apprehended in Newport Beach. The warden also took possession of the dead shark.

According to California's Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations, "a white shark may not be taken, except under permit issued by the Department pursuant to Section 1002 of the Fish and Game Code for scientific or educational purposes."

In the video--which is a bit gruesome and contains profanity--after the fisherman managed to get the shark onto the pier, they dragged it by by one of the lines still attached across the pier to a sink over 100 yards away. While plenty of bystanders were able to view the shark in its bloody state, the display likely won't qualify as "scientific or educational."

It's not uncommon this time of year for baby white sharks to be swimming near shore, according to Dr. Rowe. Our local waters, which are part of the Southern California Bite (nickname for the waters from Point Conception down to Northern Baja California) are a "nursery ground" for a number of sharks, says Dr. Rowe, including blue sharks, mako sharks, salmon sharks and thresher sharks. He also pointed out that it was highly unlikely that a larger great white shark mother was looming anywhere near the baby that was caught, since it's common for young great white sharks to abandon their mothers to avoid being eaten.

The SharkLab has tagged "hundreds" of young great white sharks between the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco, down to the Guadalupe Islands, which are 150 statute miles off the coast of Baja California.

Much of the fear and misunderstanding of great white sharks is due to the way they are portrayed by the media, according to Dr. Rowe. "Take Shark Week for example: [The media] builds and plays off people's fear. And people like to be scared, I guess."

Now, the video of the incident from Huntington Beach:


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nolanshafik
nolanshafik

This is fucking stupid, it was 5 ft, you dumbass conservationalists can suck a dick I know a couple of them I pier fish for sharks and I kill 8 ft thresher sharks so you can all fuck off

Whyareyouemailinhme97
Whyareyouemailinhme97

Those people are a** holes!!! Poor shark:( Do you guys even know how much pain the shark felt?! That hook literally pierced into his skin!! You a** holes! Hope you guys born again into sharks and have sharp hooks pierce into your skins. No wonder the great white sharks are going extinct!!!

Drugs are bad, mmmmkay?
Drugs are bad, mmmmkay?

These dumbasses shouldn't have got a fishing license in the first place if their not smart enough to tell the difference between a mako and great white. Look at all the other species who went extinct because of us.If the law isn't enforced then We might as well Just pick up our guns and go blasting whatever moves. Were not alone on this planet.

mitch yuong
mitch yuong

I will give dome to anyone who steps the fawk up!

mitch's brother
mitch's brother

Funny how mitch talks mass amounts of sh!t, but when someone picks on his little fruity a$$ he gets all mad and complains. mitch, you've been this way since you were a little joto in grade school. be a man!

ScottS
ScottS

While I know that sharks in general are attracted to fishing, I am more concerned that this species was found this far south in such close proximity to a popular surfing beach. I have no sympathy for GWS; there are plenty of other apex predators (blues, makos, etc) around to gobble up "less fit" marine life.

Titus Aurellius
Titus Aurellius

I think prosecuting these guys should ONLY be done if it can be ascertained that they knew it was a white.  Because, true ignorance of the law has to be considered in this type of minor issue.  It's not like they ran over someone with their car and said "Oops, I didn't know it was illegal to do that"...

Marial
Marial

Maybe since illegals like throwing babies from high places ,they should have thrown it back...

Marial
Marial

Oh look Faggy Gustavo had to chime in...was that your family who did this?

Bzenitram
Bzenitram

These guys deserve the death penalty.  The Great White isn't extinct YET.  Keep condoning this behavior and it will be soon. I don't care if they didn't know the difference between the Great White and a Mako; unhook it from you line and toss it back in.  Don't hurt sharks!!!

Liciatucker
Liciatucker

Leave it to ignorant (most likely illegal) Mexicans yelling in Spanish to brutally kill a BABY shark and then proceed to drag it's poor little body down the pier while the shark is dying and THE LAUGH AND CONGRATULATE EACH OTHER!! You FUCK FACE BITCHES! You take a look around and see our world going to shit and if you have any wonder why, you SHOULDN'T. (Because I know I'll get some dumb bitch posting this isn't about race or some Mexican power bull shit let me tell you now SHUT THE FUCK UP!)

Stein4206
Stein4206

I wish that shark would've taken a chunk out of them and the spectators. I can't believe the Capt. of F&G couldn't tell the difference. Maybe the Dept. needs to watch Shark Week so they can properly identify species.

mitch young
mitch young

This is a country that can't enforce its laws against illegal immigration and employment of illegal immigrants, but can get worked up over a fish.

Of course, in this case, it sounds like the government could kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

Is that something we're just supposed to know...the difference between baby mako and great white sharks? 

Lainie
Lainie

They look alike; let this go; the great white isn't extinct and I don't think these guys did it deliberately.   This is why our country has no money; making a big deal out of a fish.  Now a white leopard, an elephant but come on, a shark???  

four reel
four reel

I am definitely not sticking up for that person, butttt you dont need a fishing license to fish off a pier, thats why they are there. I also saw videos of people taking baby thrasher sharks off the pier, those sharks grow over 300 pounds !  It would be nice to see a posted picture of fish and regulations all over the piers so there is no question what is legal, just saying ..

Juan Enya
Juan Enya

Where the heck you been Marial?? Dude I'm sorry I never called you back. I just thought you were mad at me because of the dirty sanchez I gave the last time we slept together. Alright dude, you keep it real!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Aw, you remember me! But sorry, chula: ugly ain't my type.

Awiddicombe
Awiddicombe

This video makes me sick! I cant believe they dragged the hurt shark down the pier while laughing and snapping pictures! No matter what type of animal, this was cruel! Extinct or not, these people should'nt be fisherman or hunters!! Selfish people that just wanted a thrill! Who fishes like this anyway? With rope and a big nasty looking hook in all directions?! They deserve to go to court and have the book thrown at them... They even posted it on youtube thinking they were cool... Psssttt, you're not!

Liciatucker
Liciatucker

and another MOTHERFUCKING THING! If i was their they would have gotten smacked up by this ghetto BITCH! Das RIGHT Das Right!

mitch young
mitch young

If i find out who those fisherman are i will pound their meat till its tender!

Noddy Toddy
Noddy Toddy

would you feel better if the shark was a american shark? I'm sure he didnt sneak over from mexico you lil bitch ass

mitch young
mitch young

All this talk reminds me of my old Klan leader. I called him the Great White and not cause he was white or what he would wear if ya know what I mean. Dude was hiding a canon in those pants. So big I even called it the mitch beater!

Hord1
Hord1

the rapping of the ocean is killing the plant.why kill a small shark for nothing there not good eating.they catch it they should of let go. Think about it

Stein4206
Stein4206

They do not look alike! Look at the tail that's a clear sign it's NOT a Mako!

WhoNeedsLogic
WhoNeedsLogic

That's the reason our country has no money? Someone please page President Obama.

JuanEnyasDad
JuanEnyasDad

Mijo,I'll climb in your bed later tonight when your mom is asleep....remember to have the lotion ready...

Liciatucker
Liciatucker

I dont play MOTHERFUCKERS! I'm MOTHERFUCKING Licia Tucker nigga! This is how i talk,  I YELL like im SAMUEL L. JACKSON!!!

Jim Beam
Jim Beam

yeah because you're really good at beating your meat!

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

Fishing licenses are required for fishing from the pier?

Guest3
Guest3

the most ridiculous statement i've read so far on the page!

mYtY
mYtY

Dad! I thought you were at the gay porn convention?? Yeah, I'll have the lotion ready, but last time you tugged to hard and my tip is kinda sore. Be gentle and try not to use your teeth this time.

Liciatucker
Liciatucker

Jim this is Licia muthafuggin Tucker and let me tell you why the call me Tucker! I can hide my meat better than anyone. You would think I'm pure lady wanting to get some and when I get you in the sack, it's my sack that will be slamming against your lil chin. Biatch!

Snitch Mitch
Snitch Mitch

do you think by any chance there might be more than one Mitch young in the world? haha

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Hey, "Mitch Young": Mission accomplished—Mitchie's feelings are hurt that you're pretending to be him. But we don't allow sock puppetry 'round these parts—if you had just called yourself "Mitch Young's Pop," that would've been fine. But since you've switched around your names, now I insist you pick one and stay with it, or we have to ban you. Consider yourself warned.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Mitchie: So that wasn't you? NOT COOL, even if you are a pendejo. Let me find your hijacker and deal with him...(besides, I thought you had dumped that FRUITY (le vrai) moniker...

mitch young
mitch young

 It's funny how Arellano can instantly spot a  sock-puppet -- someone using two or more 'identities' -- but he can't suss out and stop virtual identity theft on his little blog here. Then again, given his background and the causes he champions, identity theft is just the done thing.

SwagMaster
SwagMaster

how bout i beat the shit out of you so bad, YOU will not want to stay in America, or at least go to Texas where you can chill with all the steers and queers

mitch young
mitch young

3 things Mitch is passoniate about! ilegal immigration, cocks and sharks. I would love to ride a shark while we chase down a boat of illegal immigrants and suck those putos off till they dont want to stay in america!

mitch young
mitch young

I dont care if its a baby mako or a great white.. leave the sharks alone unless you want the mitchster to have your lil fawking sack resting on his chinster!

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

I'd honestly rather people leave the sharks alone, too. My original comments were just about the fact that the law is coming down on them, saying these people knew the difference between a baby great white and a baby make. I think they're overestimating the amount of marine life knowledge these dudes have...by a lot. 

Noddy Toddy
Noddy Toddy

wtf is up with that guy? That poor shark was murdered and dragged on the pier. He didnt even get a chance to grow up and attack white people.

mitch young
mitch young

He sounds like it! If he wants some he can bring it cause I will Noddy on toddys body!

Noddy Toddy
Noddy Toddy

Shut the fawk up you lil joto.. Nobody should hurt sharks! Say something! I will go comment silly on you!

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