As I type this, liberal minded people you know, who are probably staunchly against the death penalty, who have no doubt quoted "an eye for an eye makes everyone blind, bro", are probably calling for Palmer's head. After all, Cecil was extremely majestic.
This morning, a picture of a fuck-off great shark is making the rounds on Facebook, the Metro, Daily Mail blah blah blah. Importantly, the shark is extremely dead. Yet far from the global outrage that followed Cecil's death, folks are actually jostling to lay claim to the dead fish. One dude, who goes by the name Matthew (no surname), has told Australia's Northern Star that he reeled the beast in, with the cavalier insistence of someone who won't face death threats or 'Shark Killer' being graffitied on his door.
I'm a bit suspicious of this shark. For one thing, the dude claiming to have caught it doesn't have a surname or face. Secondly, patient zero in this outbreak, who uploaded the photo originally, has no idea of its origin:
He may as well be in a Byron Bay pub with a schooner of VB telling anyone who'll listen that his mate caught a shark "this fucking big" *stretches arms out*
If had to bet my mortgage on this shark being authentic, I'd say no. But then I don't have a mortgage, so I'll just say it's fake.
But even if it was confirmed, it's hard to imagine it would garner as many tweets or column inches as Cecil - Even though both are endangered species, and both could chew your arms off. I mean, can you imagine Ricky Gervais tweeting a picture of this shark with the caption: "What must have happened to a person for them to kill this beautiful, majestic, amazing creature - and SMILE about it :''''(
I guess it's one rule for fluffy lions and another for dead-eyed, murderous devil fish.
I'll give the final word to Geoff, who uploaded this pics. Like a lot of people who do things now, his reason was 'awareness':