Environment enforcement officers once again warned that killing sharks and stingrays is now illegal in the Cayman Islands after a dead stingray was found on a South Sound beach.
The stingray had a hook in its mouth and appeared to have been clubbed to death with a blunt object – a common method used by anglers to kill their catch.
It was found last week by a member of the public on the beach close to Miss Lassie’s House.
Environment Officer Mark Orr said it appeared to have been caught, killed and discarded by fishermen.
Mr. Orr attended the scene with a researcher from the Cayman Shark Project who took measurements and other data for research purposes.
Mr. Orr said, “They hadn’t even taken the hook out of its mouth. It’s against the law to take sharks or rays and if you catch them accidentally you are supposed to try to take the hook out or cut the line to let them go. It’s not that hard to do.”
Under the National Conservation Law, it is illegal to catch or kill stingrays.