The Newcastle Herald reported that a man not wanting to be identified other than Ben, (hide Ben, good idea) caught and killed a 320kg Tiger shark while fishing off Swansea during the Lake Macquarie Game Fishing Club summer pointscore last Sunday.
Ben uploaded a photo of his ‘trophy catch’ onto Facebook. Ben is getting well-earned online backlash but surprisingly he also has supporters.
Many of us have seen the sickening footage of people killing sharks for their fins and tossing them back into the ocean.
I was totally devastated and embarrassed that an Australian ‘man’, an Aussie could be so stupid and cruel. I get it, fishing is fun. Catching a Tiger shark is probably the ultimate catch for any sports fisherman, however, this was not catch and release.
Commercial fishing, targeted or bycatch is crippling shark populations. Do you need to make a spectacle of yourself by showing how thoughtless and nauseating you are, killing up close and personal for bragging rights?
Well done Ben, you killed an ancient apex predator that is on the decline.