One minute, the shark was just swimming along.
But the next moment, he was being yanked out of the water by his tail and dragged up onto the hot beach. A crowd of people gathered around the helpless shark to snap photos while he laid in the sand unable to breathe. The animal had no way to escape back into the water.
This was the scene last week on a beach in Fire Island, New York, after a man caught the sand tiger shark while fishing. Although the shark was eventually put back into the water, it’s illegal to pull protected species up onto the beach — and conservationists say the thoughtless stunt very well could have cost the animal his life.