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Great White Sharks Are Now an Endangered Species in California

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If you harbor some JAWS-like fantasy in which you take a small boat out into the ocean and do away with the savage beast that is the Great White -- the one that's been killing innocents and eluding you and your team for weeks on end, such that you look like a fool in the eyes of the locals -- well, you're going to have to let it go. As of today, great white sharks are protected under the endangered species list in California.

The mandate has been under consideration since February, according to City News Service, but it's not official until it's published in the California Regulatory Notice Register, and that's expected to happen today.

It's been illegal to fish for great whites for sport or commercial purposes since the mid-1990's, but now, it will be against the law to hunt, pursue, catch, capture or kill them, or attempt to do any of those things.

You'll recall that in JAWS -- the movie that gave some of us a lifelong fear of bodies of water -- the film's aquatic star meets a truly gruesome end when an oxygen tank is detonated inside its mouth.

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Just to be clear, you can no longer do that.