JUN 27, 2016 08:02 AM PDT

Shark Dies After Being Dragged From the Water by Beach-Goers for a Photo

Sharks are painted as vicious creatures of the deep that like to chow on humans, but that simply isn’t the case. There are only around 16-20 shark attacks per year in the United States, and more often than not, it’s either a mistake or humans doing something they shouldn’t be that gets them a nice bite.
 
On the other hand, a video shared to YouTube shows humans being the predator and not the shark. The video went viral shortly after being posted, and it shows what appears to be a group of men from the Dominican Republic lassoing and pulling a shark out of the water and up onto the sandy beach to take a photograph with it.
 


One of the even sadder parts of the story is that some of the men partaking in this animal cruelty were actually lifeguards from the nearby Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, as indicated by their shirts, which is dully noted as they didn't indicate a single sign of professionalism that day.
 
The men then put a life preserver around the shark’s head to keep its jaws shut, and since it’s a fish, the shark didn’t live too long out of water. It basically suffocated, withstanding a long and horrific death.
 
The shark soon met a sandy grave, and the men who took it out of the water, rather than putting it back into the water in time, decided to keep it out and pose with it for a photo instead.
 

The men who dragged the shark out of the ocean pose with it for a photo.

Image Credit: Gary Stokes/Facebook

The carelessness is expressed by the shark-killers' thumbs-up in their photo.
 
Stacy Sorino, a head staff of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino nearby said “corrective measures” are being taken against the staff involved in the incident and that “that is absolutely against our standards of protecting animals as we protect our guests.”
 
This isn’t the first time that an event such as this has occurred for nothing more than photographs. In February, beach-goers actually gave a baby dolphin the same grave treatment.

What is wrong with people?
 
Source: Nature World News

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