Influencer who ate a great white shark fined £15k after calling beast tender

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    A food influencer with 7.8 million followers was fined £15,000 by authorities after a video of her cooking and eating a great white shark went viral online.

    The influencer, who goes by the name Tizi, posted footage to the Chinese equivalent of TikTok, Douyin, of her preparing part of the endangered animal over an open fire.

    She also cooks the rest of the animal in a wok before finally munching on a piece, tearing off hunks of shark with her teeth.

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    The video, posted last year, also shows her buying the six-foot shark and lying down next to it.

    "Don't be fooled by its scary appearance, its meat is very tender," the influencer said in the video.

    Officials of Nanchong, a city in the Sichuan region, said on January 28 that the influencer, who was identified by the name Jin, was fined 125,000 yuan, equivalent to around £15,000.

    They said that she was fined for violating China’s Wild Animal Protection law after tissue samples were tested and proved to be from a great white shark.

    Officials also said that the fisherman and merchant who sold the shark have both been arrested.

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    According to Bloomberg, Jin bought for 7,700 yuan (£925) on Alibaba's Taobao shopping platform.

    The influencer is best known for her mukbangs, a type of viral video where social media users film themselves eating huge amounts of food for their fans.

    Great white sharks are considered a critically endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, meaning that there is an extremely high risk of the species’ extinction in the wild.

    While they are found in almost all coastal and offshore waters, they are mostly concentrated in the US, South Africa, Japan, Oceania, Chile, and the Mediterranean.

    As of 2012, great white sharks were documented to have bitten human beings in 272 unprovoked incidents, making them the shark species responsible for the highest number of attacks against people.

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