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Talk Back: Should an 800-pound shark be killed or released?

July 5, 2012 | 11:34 am

A group of fishermen caught a shark that topped the 750-pound scales at Marina del Rey on Monday. The giant fish, estimated to weigh between 800 and 900 pounds, was so large it had to be dragged in by the tail because it couldn’t be hauled aboard the boat, The Times’ Kate Mather reported.

Talk back LAFishermen and the general manager of Del Rey Landing called the monster catch a good sign -- they haven’t seen fish this size in a few years, though it used to be a fairly common occurrence.

But some readers were outraged by the catch, arguing that just because fishermen were able to kill the shark, doesn't mean they should have.

“The oceans are in peril, and predators like this are imperative to its health. Just because we are able to do this, does not mean we should. This kind of killing is a tragedy,” wrote Amber Maron.

“I'm just glad they killed it. I mean ... why let such a magnificent creature continue to live its life by simply catching and releasing it, when instead you can catch it and kill it,” Moss Krivin commented.

What’s your opinion? Should the fishermen have released the shark or do you think it's OK for them to catch it? Let us know in the comments section below, by tweeting @LANow or on our local Facebook page.

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