the teen, whose name was not released, was issued a citation for killing a protected species.

What would you do if you illegally caught a protected species of shark and the police were looking for you?

A teenager who allegedly hooked a large sandbar shark at the Pompano Beach Pier the day after Christmas shoved the dead predator behind some bushes by the base of the pier.

The nothing-to-see-here act failed to fool Broward Sheriff's deputies. They found the shark and the teenager, and called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The teen, whose name was not released, was issued a citation for killing a protected species, a second-degree misdemeanor.


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"We seized the shark as evidence," stated a wildlife agency report. "A property receipt was issued to the defendant for the seized shark."

Sandbar sharks, which can reach a length of seven feet or so, have seen their numbers plummet in the last 30 years, due to the demand for their meat and fins, particularly in East Asia, where shark fin soup is a delicacy. Florida banned the killing of sandbar sharks in 2009.