Watch as This Shark Delivers Good Ol’ Karma to Selfie-Taking Tourist

Published by Zachary Toliver.

Finally, one of these selfish, selfie-taking tourists gets what’s coming to her.

A woman in Brazil was bitten on the hand by a shark she tried dragging out of the water for a photo op.

The tourist was reportedly vacationing on the beaches of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, when she decided that being cruel was how she wanted to spend her getaway. In the video, she’s seen grabbing a baby lemon shark near the shore. However, things quickly go wrong for her as the animal bites her hand.

A man identified as the woman’s boyfriend tries unsuccessfully to remove the fish. Eventually, another person steps in to help detach the shark, who was hurled back into the water. The woman was admitted to a local hospital, where she received four stitches on her hand.

Authorities charged the couple with cruelty to animals. The fine totaled over $6,000 because the shark was an endangered species within a conservation area.

We love good old-fashioned karma.

After seeing beachgoers step on turtles, baby tigers torn away from their mothers, and multiple animals dragged to their deaths, all for human vanity, it’s satisfying whenever animals successfully defend themselves against abusers. We hope this tourist took home a valuable lesson about respecting animals.

Be Kind to Animals When You Travel  

There are a few things that you should avoid on vacation if you don’t want to hurt animals. But the great news is that you can have the best and most compassionate vacation ever by taking advantage of the tons of animal-friendly activities that are available.


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