Shark dies after tourists pull it out of the water so they can snap selfies

A blue shark was pulled from shallow waters in Punta Cana by staff members at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The shark writhed on the beach as staff and tourists took pictures with it. It died within minutes.

    2016/06/21

NSFW    PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC — Photos and video footage have surfaced of a blue shark that was pulled out of shallow waters in Punta Cana so people could take pictures with it. A video and photos of the incident were posted to Facebook on June 14.

Unable to breathe on land, the shark can be seen writhing in pain as tourists and staff members from the Hard Rock Hotel get excited and pin it down. To keep it from attacking, they use ropes and a small fishing net to drag it through the sand, and place a life preserver around its head. The shark is slowly dying while the people prepare to snap photos with it.

The photographs show the Hard Rock Hotel staff members with little children on the beach, smiling as they sit on the dead shark, grabbing its tail.
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Workers at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic killed this blue shark that was swimming in shallow waters. FACEBOOK / GARY STOKES
Workers at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic killed this blue shark that was swimming in shallow waters. FACEBOOK / GARY STOKES
The staff at the Hard Rock Hotel use the shark to take group photos with little kids on the beach. FACEBOOK / GARY STOKES
The staff at the Hard Rock Hotel use the shark to take group photos with little kids on the beach. FACEBOOK / GARY STOKES
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