Beach bum douchebag drags shark out of the ocean just so he can take an Instagram with it.

Beach bum douchebag drags shark out of the ocean just so he can take an Instagram with it.
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Typically, it's sharks that are frightening Floridians, but a recent incident with a douchey Palm Beach tourist named John Camp flipped that script and continued our selfie/Instagram culture's destructive reign on wildlife. Camp dragged a shark out of the water and pinned it down on the beach in order to have his picture taken with it (who took the picture is unclear). Camp's man bun, trinkets, and needless flexing over the struggling (and not very big) animal only seemed to further the outrage erupting on social media. An unapologetic Camp defended himself in response to the hundreds of angry comments on the Facebook video.

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The video (and this comment on it) have since been taken down, but the Internet is forever.
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According to The Daily Beast, a video posted to Facebook by West Palm Beach journalist Ashleigh Walters (which was recently taken down), showed Camp pulling the shark out of the water and holding it down for a over a minute. Finally, after Camp got bored (and despite his claims that he returned the shark), a bystander dragged the shark back into the water, only for the perhaps-injured fish to wash up again.

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Don't mistake this for brave. This is also a big lesson on how much camera angles can affect how muscular you look.
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That wasn't the only hint that things did not end well for the shark. Walters noted in the video description that onlookers waited for several minutes to see if the shark resurfaced after finally being placed in deeper water. Normally, you'd see the shark swimming around again, its fin peeking above the waves. The shark did not reappear after several minutes. It is unclear whether the shark survived being out of its natural habitat for that long. 

 

Legal or not, pinning an animal down in a place where it can't breathe for a photo-op doesn't really fit into Camp's claim of it being an "ethical" catch and release. Also, he seems to have left the "releasing" up to others. While Camp should certainly not be threatened with physical harm (the irony of which was lost on far too many commenters), it still demonstrates tremendous disregard for an animal's well-being purely in the name of ego-satiating photos. 

It also seems as though Camp has not seen Jaws 4: The Revenge, where man-eating sharks prove to be very capable of holding personal grudges against humans who hurt them. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3m3BzTWSrI

 

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