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Great White Shark Capture Posted on YouTube Could Result in Criminal Charges

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A group of fisherman on the Huntington Beach Pier who captured a great white shark and posted the graphic video on YouTube may also have reeled in something else they didn't expect: a misdemeanor charge.

Authorities from the California Department of Fish and Game are investigating the great white shark's capture on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A warden tipped off to the shark's capture met up with the men, but he thought they had caught a mako shark and let them off. Later on he realized his mistake, and went back to get the shark.

This isn't the first time that a YouTube video could be used as evidence against a local fisherman, Belmont Shores-Naples Patch noted.

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In January, bystanders videotaped a man catching a protected black seabass on the Balboa Pier and uploaded the video onto YouTube. The man ended up in getting 120 hours of community service.