In this instance I might cut these fishermen a little slack. I can imagine the adrenaline and getting caught up in the moment, assuming that this was a first time for them and unexpected. While information about the value of sharks is spreading, I am confident that many folks still have no idea just how valuable they are and, thanks in part to Hollywood and a macho shark killing show that ran on a certain outdoor channel, might think of themselves as heroes for removing a "monster" like this from the Potomac (just look how much press they're getting).<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o>
With the additional information that has come forward, I agree completely. Killing for no good reason makes fishermen look really bad and it should.<o></o>
I do like what I'm reading on this thread, however, which is a pretty unanimous view that these sharks should be released and valued alive. But based on what has been posted here, while I agree that it is a shame to see these sharks killed, this instance strikes me as being a lot different than if a seasoned offshore angler or charter targeted and kept sharks on a regular basis, and certainly not like the massive harm caused by commercial sharking operations.
Hopefully, these fishermen will learn about how this shark would have been better for the Bay if it was still eating rays and, if there is a next time, let the shark go.