Vlogger eats great white shark, police investigate

Vlogger eats great white shark, police investigate

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Chinese police have opened an investigation after a vlogger posted a controversial video showing her eating a protected species great white shark, authorities and local media said.  

The images of the young woman, known as Tizi, show her grilling, boiling and then tasting the meat of the great predator. They provoked outraged reactions on the Chinese internet.

Police in Nanchong city, southwest China's Sichuan province confirmed on Sunday that it was indeed a great white shark, according to Chinese media Fengmian.

“The meat is very tender,” Tizi says in this video posted online in mid-July, while feasting on large chunks of grilled flesh.

In these images, widely reposted by Chinese media and internet users, the young woman can be seen unpacking the two-meter-long fish and lying down next to it to emphasize its large size.

The shark is then halved, marinated and barbecued, while the head is cooked in a spicy broth – preparation methods classics for fish in China.

An “investigation” into the matter is currently being conducted by “public security” officers, the Nanchong Municipal Bureau of Agriculture said in a statement on Monday.

Great white sharks are featured on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's list of “vulnerable” species – just below “endangered”.

Global shark populations have been decimated in recent decades , mainly because of fishing.

In China, sharks are on the list of protected species. Possessing them is illegal and can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

“It's just amazing that a webstar could eat a protected animal in front of millions of people in broad daylight,” wrote a surfer on the social network Weibo, in tune with the majority of the comments.

“These uneducated are ready for the worst baseness just to attract attention,” lamented another .

It was not immediately clear whether Tizi is personally under investigation or facing any sanction.