Trolls target 8-year-old fisherman for posing with 314lbs shark
An eight-year-old boy has been trolled after posing with a dead 314lbs shark.
The shark in question was captured by Jason Millauro off the coast of Sydney, Australia, when it swam alongside the 7.3-meter vessel he, his dad and captain Ibby Dardas were sailing in.
When they spotted the predator, they threw out a chunk of meat, and in a scene reminiscent of Jaws, the shark was reeled in by the eight-year-old.
In the video below, a fisherman shoots a shark and drags it behind a boat:
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Jayden said that he was "nervous" as he reeled in the shark.
"I was thinking that I hope the crew can (get) the shark (on the boat) because I don't want to lose it. I was really excited when they got it."
On arrival back at the harbor, the shark was weighed and came in at two kilograms heavier than the previous junior record held by Ian Hissey, who had captured a 312kg tiger shark in April 1997.
"It was rainy and the seas were rough," Jayden's father said of the catch. "We were berleying up and at 11.15 we spotted the shark as it came up to the back of the boat."
The eight-year-old, who has been fishing since he was two, said the catch was a big achievement.
However, the story was not met with positivity on social media and both Jayden and his father were trolled.
One commenter wrote on Facebook: "Another up and coming environmental vandal killing threatened species for a photo opportunity to prove what a man he is."
A second added: "Sharks are magnificent creatures, Jayden should take up scuba diving and observe and respect the creatures of the sea."
A third slammed Jayden's parents for allowing him to kill, writing: "So sad this gives pleasure."