A great white shark found dead on a beach had reportedly been kicked in the face by a gang of men.
The group also took selfies with the dying animal on Orewa Beach in Auckland, New Zealand.It is thought to have been snagged on a net and then dragged onto the beach where it died.
Footage showed showed beachgoers trying to drag the predator back into deeper water, only to discover it had already died.
Witnesses on the beach said a group of men was seen kicking the shark in the jaw and laughing as it lay injured, New Zealand news outlet Stuff reported.
Beachgoers tried to intervene but the men became 'exceptionally intimidating', according to the publication.
A witness said: "Police and (the Department of Conservation) arrived on the scene as other beachgoers attempted to pull the shark back into the water.
"The group of men gave false details to police and joined the larger group."A police spokesman confirmed they had received reports the animal had been dragged onto the beach and repeatedly kicked.
Lifeguards then tried to drag the shark back into deeper water, but noticed the animal wasn't moving.