Bottled baby sharks sold in Waikiki, Hawaii; complaints cause gift shop to stop the sales

(KHNL) A Waikiki, Hawaii gift shop has removed bottles of dead baby sharks it was selling after an environmental group got people to express their displeasure via Yelp and Facebook.

Phillippa Thomas, a tourist visiting Waikiki from Sydney, Australia, says she went into the gift shop on Saturday and was shocked to see bottled dead baby sharks for sale.

The store had posted a sign below the sharks that said in Hawaiian mythology, sharks are believed to be aumakua or spiritual guardians.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources has started an investigation according to KHNL, and a spokeswoman says they don't know enough information to immediately determine if the sale of these sharks was illegal.

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