Sharks mutilated carcass washes up on beach after barbaric finning torture

A shark has been found dead on a beach with its fins and tail cut off in a discovery leaving a community furious at its "cruel" death.

Discovered in Rowes Bay, Australia earlier this week, the remains of the animal prompted a find of other shark-related items including teeth and fins.

It prompted one expert to call out "shark finning", an illegal act which when conducted leaves sharks unable to swim and subsequently sink and drown at the bottom of the ocean.

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Maya Sanderson's father found the remains of the ocean-going predator while the family were out for fish and chips, with the awful discovery showing what remained of the shark.

Maya said: "The fins were cut at the top and tail cut off the end. It looked like it had been gutted. You could see the inside of its stomach."

Locals soon took to blasting the horrors of the find, with a collection of locals taking to Facebook to air their concern, DailyMail reported.

One lambasted the "barbaric" find while another said they saw the carcass with their kids who were "not happy to see this at all, very sad indeed."

Shark expert Dr Leonardo Guida has since spoken out on the species targeted, claiming the dead animal on the beach was a lemon shark.

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The Australian Marine Conservation Society representative said: "Either way it shouldn't have been treated like that it should have been released. It's clearly a barbaric act."

Those horrific acts may also have concluded with the taking of the animal's jaw as a trophy, the expert claimed.

Lemon sharks are part of a "no take" list for shark finning, meaning if they are caught accidentally they should be "immediately and carefully returned to the water".

A Fisheries Queensland expert confirmed on-the-spot fines could be handed out, with £324 ($619) for recreational fishers and £648 ($1,238) for commercial fishers.

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