Both locals and experts are baffled as more than 100 dead sharks washed up on a beach in Wales, UK. Many of them were found with their fins missing. Animal rights groups are claiming the spins have been cut off before they were tossed back in the waters. While others say there were the fishing nets that caused this.
The woman who captured the terrifying footage said she lost count of the number of sharks, when she visited the beach at Burry Port, West Wales, Metro reports.
“Such a sad, wasteful sight. I stopped counting in the end as every wave brought more bodies. It was mostly smooth-hounds down Burry Port, but heavily pregnant ones with pups hanging out of them, Lisa Pritchard told The Sun. “I dread to think how many were still floating in the sea. I’m sure what we saw was a small percentage of what was thrown back. There was not one mark on them – no hook so likely a net by-catch – but because it’s not the species being hunted they die and get thrown back.”
A spokesman for the Marine Conservation Society said the fish appeared to be smooth-hounds which are common in British waters. It often happens to be caught up in trawler nets and the dumped back into the sea.
The unusual event leaved the fishermen angered as well.
“What angers me most of all is this is the result of trawling, not fishing with a line.They’ve got all the rules about how much we can or cannot do in regards to cod or bass capture, us fishermen would never kill fish, only for the plate. Wrong, very wrong,” fisherman Vince Sims declared.
Another fisherman said they may have been ‘finned.’ That means a shark’s fin is removed and them it is thrown back into the sea, but it is no longer able to swim. Regarding this theory, the Marine Conservation Society spokesperson said:
“Shark finning for overseas markets in Welsh waters would be highly unusual and almost certainly illegal.”