A south African man has become the first person in the world to be convicted of killing a great white shark after he hooked one while fishing from the shore.
Leon Bekker, of George, Western Cape, pleaded guilty to contravention of the Marine Living Resources Act which includes attempting to kill, disturb or be in possession of a white shark without a permit.
Bekker pointed out that he had no idea at first that he'd hooked a great white shark but he pleaded guilty so as not to waste the court's time.
Comes across as a bit harsh considering he didn't deliberately fish for the sharks, but it seems that they had a recent law change so that heavy duty fishing line wasn't allowed in that area due to the number of sharks caught. Also him posing with the shark doesn't show any remorse for killing a protected animal.