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Smiling man pictured lying NAKED on an 8ft shark for bizarre trophy photo

Animal rights activists branded the image “disrespectful” as a US football coach was forced to deny he was the man captured

A bizarre hunt has been launched to identify a man pictured mounting a dead shark while naked.

Animal welfare campaigners are keen to find the nude poser after the shark was slaughtered in a suspected trophy killing.

The disturbing image shows the man grinning as he lies on top of the creature and hugs it on what looks like a fishing boat.

Activists branded the picture “disrespectful” to the shark and said the man should be quizzed over his “humiliating” behaviour.


Animal rights campaigners branded the photo “disrespectful” (Photo: Cultura RF)

The photograph was shared by wildlife presenter Anneka Svenska who tweeted: “Who is this man? Please RT, find him & ask him why he did this? Where is the humour in humiliating slaughtered animals?”

More than a thousand social users have since retweeted the post.

While Marie Levine, founder and executive director of the Shark Research Institute, told The Huffington Post: “That’s disrespectful to the shark.”

Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain denied he was the man pictured (Photo: Getty)

One man has already ruled himself out as the naked shark hunter after he was linked with the photograph.

University of Florida football coach Jim McElwain issued a statement to deny he was the man pictured after similarities were raised with the man.

He said: “Well, first and foremost, I don’t know who it is, but it isn’t me.

“You know, in the world we live, what is a story? I just know this, it isn’t me.”