Macabre discovery involving large shark has volunteer rescue group seeking answers

Macabre discovery involving large shark has volunteer rescue group seeking answers

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Macabre discovery involving large shark has volunteer rescue group seeking answers

A volunteer marine rescue group in New South Wales, Australia, has issued a warning to the person or persons responsible for planting the head of a large shark atop a spiked fence around its facility.

“If you know the people who caught the shark or the perpetrators we don’t need to know the names, we just need them be aware that we do not take kindly to this,” Marine Rescue Shellharbour wrote on Facebook. “Please be mindful that our Marine Rescue base and surrounding area is monitored by hidden cctv.”

Mako shark head impaled on spiked fence. Photos courtesy of Marine Rescue Shellharbour

It’s unclear whether the macabre act – the discovery was made Sunday morning – was merely a prank or intended as some kind of threat.

Richard O’Connor, a spokesman for the group, told ABC News Australia: “It’s a random thing, there was no message and we haven’t had any issues in the past with disgruntled fishermen or boaters, but that’s not to say that somebody may not be happy with what we have done.”

Marine Rescue Shellharbour is part of the broader Marine Rescue New South Wales group, a nonprofit that receives some of its funding through levies on the sale of boat licenses and registration fees.

Rescue vessels respond to emergencies and the group states on its website that it is “committed to our mission of saving lives on the water.”

Besides the shark head, O’Connor said, volunteers at Marine Rescue Shellharbour found blood on a nearby jetty.

–Images are courtesy of Marine Rescue Shellharbour

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