• SC man charged with branding sharks like cattle

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    AWENDAW, S.C. - A man has been charged with branding sharks like cattle off the South Carolina coast.

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    News outlets cite South Carolina Natural Resources officials who say a 56-year-old Awendaw man was charged with illegal tagging of a saltwater fish last week. The misdemeanor can net a fine of up to $200.

    Officials say they were alerted about the brandings last month, as anglers off the South Carolina coast began catching sharks with a symbol that looked like a cursive letter burned just below their dorsal fins.

    Photo Courtesy: WCIV
    Photo Courtesy: WCIV
    Photo Courtesy: WCIV

    Officials say they also saw photos of such sharks circulating on social media.

    The Post and Courier reports the brands could have been made with a propane torch or dry ice.

    The newspaper reports the suspect was "cooperative" with authorities.

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