an influencer films herself eating a great white shark, a protected species

The images of the young woman, known as Tizi, show her grilling, boiling and then tasting the meat of the large predator. They provoked outraged reactions on the Chinese internet.

Police in Nanchong city, Sichuan province confirmed on Sunday July 31 that it was indeed a great white shark, according to Chinese media Fengmian.

“The meat is very tender,” Tizi says in this video posted online in mid-July, while feasting on large chunks of grilled chair.

“Vulnerable” species

In these images, widely republished by the Chinese media and Internet users, we see the young woman unpacking the two-meter-long fish and lying down next to it to emphasize the large size.

The shark is then halved, marinated and barbecued, while the head is cooked in a spicy broth – classic preparation methods for fish in China.

An “investigation” into the case is currently being carried out by “public security” officers, as of Monday said in a statement from the Nanchong Municipal Bureau of Agriculture.

Great white sharks are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s list of “vulnerable” species – just below “endangered” species.

Annoyed netizens

Global shark populations have been decimated in recent decades, partly due to fishing. In China, sharks are on the list of protected species. Their possession is illegal and can be punished by up to 10 years in prison.

“It’s just amazing that a web star can eat a protected animal in front of millions of people in broad daylight,” wrote a user on the social network Weibo, in tune with the majority of comments. “These uneducated are ready for the worst bass just to attract attention,” lamented another.

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