TP0782-D. Sand Tiger Shark (Carcharias taurus) struggling upside down on the bottom, nearly dead. It has a serious wound near its mouth. This shark might have been mistakenly hooked by fishermen targeting grouper on the nearby shipwreck. Normally, fishermen will cut their line and leave the hook in the sharks lip and release the shark, which is protected by law in North Carolina waters, but it appears they might have torn their hook out of this one. The shark also has puncture wounds on its head, and one in its belly. It may have been gaffed or shot by the fishermen. This shark will likely die soon. North Carolina, USA, Atlantic Ocean.<br />
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TP0782-D. Sand Tiger Shark (Carcharias taurus) struggling upside down on the bottom, nearly dead. It has a serious wound near its mouth. This shark might have been mistakenly hooked by fishermen targeting grouper on the nearby shipwreck. Normally, fishermen will cut their line and leave the hook in the sharks lip and release the shark, which is protected by law in North Carolina waters, but it appears they might have torn their hook out of this one. The shark also has puncture wounds on its head, and one in its belly. It may have been gaffed or shot by the fishermen. This shark will likely die soon. North Carolina, USA, Atlantic Ocean.
Photo Copyright © Brandon Cole. All rights reserved worldwide. www.brandoncole.com

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Date: 27 May 2016
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