After he accidentally caught and released it alive, a 48-year-old Australian man removed the monitoring tag from a Great White Shark. He used the tag to set off fake shark warnings for over a month deliberately.
The acoustic tag was affixed to the shark by the Dept of Primary Industries & Regional Development, was discovered by police officials after searching the man’s home.
Police say the 48-year-old man accidentally reeled in a great white shark while fishing, then snagged the creature’s tracking tag to start a hoax https://t.co/j8LYuck2n8— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 12, 2021
The man allegedly used the monitoring tag to start shark warnings in the area.
Authorities have charged the man with one count of stealing government property; according to the Guardian Australia.