A fisherman found a dead shark under the Big Carlos Pass draw bridge, near Fort Myers in Florida, on Friday.
What made the find unusual, however, was that the seven-foot fish was wearing sunglasses.
Fisherman Noslen Alvarez made a video of the bizarre sight, which shows the bull shark’s body decorated with a pair of green novelty sunglasses next to a towel and a bag of food.
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The ocean predator’s body had also been covered in graffiti.
A joint investigation between the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will attempt to determine whether the shark’s body had been decorated by vandals after it washed ashore already dead, or whether it had been deliberately killed.
Locals have already made up their minds that the person or persons responsible should be punished.
One of them, Felix Ruiz, told NBC2 that the culprit “should go to jail”.
Bull sharks have a fearsome reputation for unpredictable aggression.
They prefer to swim in shallow coastal waters – which is probably why they are closely associated with attacks on human swimmers.
Many experts consider bull sharks to be the most dangerous of all the shark species.
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But bull sharks are also under threat from humans. Bull sharks are fished widely for their skin, meat, and oil, and the species is listed as “vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s “Red List” of threatened species.
It’s not the first example of a shark’s corpse being mistreated in Florida.
In May last year, staff at Ponte Vedra High School in St. Johns County were faced with the grisly sight of a dead shark hanging from the rafters of the school's courtyard as they opened up for the day.
The ocean predator, which was apparently gutted and stored in a freezer before being strung up, is believed to have been placed there by five students who had created a grim “art installation” as part of an end-of-term prank.
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