Rosie O’Donnell Stands Next To Dead Endangered Shark, Receives Public Backlash

Talk show host Rosie O’Donnell drew a bunch of slack from shark lovers this week when an old photo of the TV star revealed Rosie standing next to a hammerhead shark.

Making matters worse the particular type of hammerhead she was standing next to is now on a “no kill” list that went into effect in Florida on January 1.

While the carcass photo was taken several years ago while Rosie was on a fishing trip with Mark “The Shark” Quartiano in Miami, Florida it was recently trending on Twitter after Mark posted the photo on his website and has led to Rosie defending her actions, Tweeting a less than sincere apology.

“i love the ocean – i am on it daily in miami – chill people – really – my family fishes.”

I’m not really sure how mentioning “chill people – really – my family fishes” somehow excused Rosie for the photo. In fact at least one Twitter user shared the same sentiment, tweeting:

“My family fishes and good friends hunt. The difference is that they don’t go after species at risk. Be more selective.”

In another Tweet Rosie said:

“We were not going after any species in particular – u catch what u catch – and it wasnt endangered til 11 days ago,” she said. “I have 4 kids and a job in chicago – and I know all about sharks … I don’t make a habit of fishing for them.”

The funny part about shark fishing is that you can’t pick and choose which type of shark grabs your bait, if Rosie knows all about sharks she would know that simple fact.

Do you think Rosie O’Donnell is in the wrong or should people “chill” as she has suggested?