Police warn against hunting for ‘Jaws’ in Russia’s Far East after attacks

Police in Russia’s Far East have issued a warning against shark hunting in the wake of recent shark attacks and the “shark assassination” boom among local residents.

Last week, a shark attacked two people in the Far Eastern Primorye Territory. One of them, a 16-year-old boy suffered leg injuries, the other, a 25-year-old man, lost both his hands.

Vladivostok’s angling shops reported an increase in the demand of fishing tackle for catching large sharks, while local websites offered boat rentals for shark hunting.

“Catching sharks is a tremendous risk for life and health. Think twice before taking on such risks,” the police said in a statement.

Russian scientists said they were baffled by the attacks as dangerous sharks are unusual for Russia’s Far East.

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