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Rosie O'Donnell is being criticized for shark huntingRosie O'Donnell is being criticized for shark hunting

Rosie O'Donnell Shark Hunt Photos Spark Outrage

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Sharks are in trouble. Approximately 73 million are killed each year, and as a top predator of the sea they are vital to the ocean ecosystem. While some celebrities, including Leonardo DiCaprio and January Jones, have joined conservationists in the fight for their survival, Rosie O’Donnell seems to think this is a laughing matter.

Photos of O’Donnell posing with dead and bloody sharks have hit the media and are sparking outrage. According to The Sun Sentinel, Rosie and family went on several fishing expeditions with Mark “The Shark” Quartiano over the past two to three years off the coast of southern Florida. Quartiano recently posted a photo to his website of O’Donnell and her kids with a dead hammerhead shark hanging on his boat. The response was quick and angry, with comments continuing to fly in to O’Donnell’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Conservation organizations have responded as well, among them the Australian Anti-Shark Finning Alliance, Planet Ocean Alliance and Shark Savers, according to The Daily Mail. The killing of hammerhead sharks was recently banned in Florida within three miles of the state’s shores, but only into effect on January 1st of this year. However, conservationists say that while O’Donnell’s fishing trips were legal, she is sending the wrong message. “Right now sharks are the most endangered animals around. This is basically an endorsement. It sends the message that it’s an OK activity. And this is not an activity that we want celebrities endorsing,” said marine conservationist Erik Brush.

O’Donnell is responding via twitter to the much talked about photo. She wrote, “i have seen sharkwater – i love the ocean – i am on it daily in miami – chill people – really – my family fishes.”

Meanwhile, Quartiano says O’Donnell is “conservation-minded,” and adds “We’ve caught a lot of fish and released a lot of fish. We’ve also caught fish for eating and trophies.” As for the actress and comedian herself, she seems to think the reaction to the photos is funny. Quartiano says “She’s amused by it. She wants me to go on her show.” I guess I don’t get the joke.

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  • Mike

    Honestly, I was never a big fan of hers to begin with. She’s just skeevey

  • brightthings

    What a scumbag

  • I USED to like her. I was one of the few. Now she will have no one. Disgusting!

  • Whoever…

    Just boycott her show and everything she does from now on…

    It´s so easy to change things, all you need is will and courage to do it!

  • Sky

    Booooo Rosie. You must have taken Eco lessons from BP or Rick Scott. Look beyond ME at the common good–not what you ENJOY. Find something else to kill.

  • Martinguest

    Ok so fame and fortune is all you care about. To find death funny is something I personally find repulsive but I accept a minority of people on this Planet do seem to laugh more the more death and destruction they cause. Before now I honestly hadn’t heard of you but then I’m sure I haven’t heard of many c list celebs.
    All I would say Rosie is, if one day, you find you would like to be a good parent, then don’t teach your children that killing is fun. We have enough psychopaths in the world already.

  • Diane Lindsay

    No longer a fan of hers! Very unaware of her and sad, really.

  • Sorry Rosie- your message sucks. Nice image O’Donnell sends with kids going out with the most egregious shark killer. Hey its legal trophy hunting- they just fished the protected sharks outside state waters!

  • Jon G.

    These pics were from 3 years ago. I don’t blame her for not apologizing, look at how you all are attacking her, you ecos are really nuts, you know that? Anyone who has been fishing knows you don’t always hook what you planned on hooking. So she kept one, big deal. There is a lot of other things to worry about if you really want to call yourself a true shark conservationist, which I do.

  • Sarah-wheeler

    Rosie, come on, this is not cool, sharks are endangered. They are part of ecology. I was a big fan of yours, not anymore. How can you possibly think it’s ok to do this.? Shame on you

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