Jeff Thomason's record-breaking catch of a 809-pound mako shark with a bow and arrow has netted a school of criticism on social media.
The Texan caught the massive shark in August during a fishing trip off the coast of Huntington Beach.
The shark weighed in at 809.5 pounds, busting the previous world record of 544 pounds, which had been held by Patrick Eger. Mako sharks can grow up to 12 feet long and live up to 30 years.
In a series of photographs, Thomason, who describes himself as a predator hunter, is seen boasting about his impressive catch.
But for some Facebook users, the catch reeks.
Commenters accused Thomason of finning and destroying the ocean and its ecosystem.
Deo Eddo Keju wrote to Thomason urging him to stop hunting sea creatures.
"Please leave our sea creature as they are -- they're important for the ecosystem of our ocean, [especially] here in the Pacific Islands," he said.
Others lambasted his use of a bow and arrow to catch the shark.
But in an email, a Thomason representative said the hunter is an expert with the weapon and that "no hunter wants a bad shot on an animal – no matter what you are fishing for. People seem to lose sight of that."
According to NOAA, mako sharks are "especially vulnerable to overfishing because they take many years to mature and have relatively few young at a time."