“This shark should not have been pulled from the water like that,” George Burgess, director emeritus of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History, told The Dodo. “There’s no doubt it was pretty hot out when that picture was taken, and once out of the water, sharks can not breathe."
In addition to the risk of suffocation, being pulled from the water can cause internal injuries. Seeing the animal swim off after snapping photos of it onshore doesn’t always mean they will survive afterwards, Burgess said.
“Sharks are not designed to live in the type of gravity we have on land,” Burgess said. “This lack of buoyancy pulls their organs downward and can cause the tissues that hold their organs in place to tear. That can lead to the death of the animal, even if it’s thrown back into the water.”