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WATCH: Great White Shark Illegally Caught Off Pier

A YouTube video has an angler in trouble with the law as it documents the taking of a protected great white shark. Anglers are responsible to know the law or suffer the consequences.

Click here to see this YouTube video posted by someone with the username Ograza 13 that may come back to bite him in the posterior.

On Tuesday, Ograza 13 posted a video of someone catching a great white shark on the Huntington Beach Pier.

The shark was gaffed with a three-pronged rope gaff, hauled up and slammed down on the pier. Bleeding and with its teeth chomping, it was dragged around the pier gasping for air.

Great white sharks have been protected in California waters since 1994. Unlawful take and possession of these creatures is a misdemeanor that can bring heavy fines and jail time.  

Capt. Dan Sforza from the state Department of Fish and Game told Pete Thomas Outdoors that the evidence is mounting.

“We have the shark and we've identified who caught the shark. We are investigating, and nobody is going to get away with anything,” he said.

Sforza would not release the name of the angler who caught the shark.

As the shark was being caught, there were a number of surfers nearby. The reality is that statistically, they were in very little danger. Juvenile white sharks feed mostly on halibut, rays, smaller sharks as well as smaller fish.

When they reach about 10 feet, they migrate offshore and begin to feed on sea lions and other pinnipeds.

This is not the first time that a YouTube video has been used as evidence against a Fish and Game violation. Jon Apothaker caught a protected black sea bass on Jan. 3 on the Balboa Pier. Several bystanders posted his catch on YouTube, and he ended up in getting 120 hours of community service.

The most common defense in these kinds of cases is that the angler didn’t know that the fish in question was protected. Ignorance of the law is a very poor defense, as it is every angler’s responsibility to know what he can and cannot keep.

(Video does contain obscenities and a bloody shark.)

Rob August 25, 2011 at 01:16 AM
What the ???? The folks who caught this shark are heros. We don't need Great White Sharks getting comfortable eating close to our beaches and shores!! Once again, government run amok!! Elect better leaders. Urge the DA to drop these charges! "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government, lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." Patrick Henry (1736-1799)
Rob August 25, 2011 at 01:16 AM
Reality be darned! The folks who caught this shark are heros. We don't need Great White Sharks getting comfortable eating close to our beaches and shores!! Once again, government run amok!! Elect better leaders. Urge the DA to drop these charges! "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government, lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." Patrick Henry (1736-1799)
Philip Friedman August 25, 2011 at 04:20 PM
You have to be joking Rob. These guys broke the law and they killed an endangered shark. The over-fishing of these creatures has thrown our marine ecosystem in to chaos. Moreover, juvenile great whites normally do not attack people. They feed on small fishes, rays, halibut and other small sharks. I hate to break the news to you Rob, but great whites have been comfortable here for decades.Our beaches are where many juvenile great whites grow up. If we carry your view to the extreme, we will have a mass slaughter on our hands and the catastrophic consequences that would follow would be truly shocking. I don't even think Patrick Henry would be on your side in this one.
J August 27, 2011 at 07:25 AM
I'm just sorry they didn't fall in and get eaten. Too bad!
aoife August 29, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Rob needs to go and get an education. He obviously doesnt know that sharks are top if the food chain, if they go we evtually go because they keep the ecosystem running. Sharks are around alot longer then we have been. Aoife

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