In an online video, a man manages to catch a shark with his fishing rod. The man was on a fishing trip at the Huntington Beach Pier in California. He did not expect to find a white shark, an endangered species that normally receive special protection...
Except that the incredible sequence where the man pulls up a white shark from his fishing rod immediately caught the attention of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The government agency opened an investigation to understand how the white shark ended up at Huntington Beach Pier.
Andrew Hughan, the agency's public relations officer, told the LA Times: "We have seen this video and our legal department is investigating the possibility of opening an investigation".
The fisherman would normally have to release the shark because while he has the right to catch it by mistake, according to California law, he is under obligation to release it back to the sea. Hughan has indeed added: "It is forbidden to capture one and you can not bring it home as a trophy." In the video, we do not see the man release the white shark and it is difficult to say if it is indeed a shark of this species. The investigation is supposed to clarify these points.