Real-life Jaws as terrified islanders fight to kill shark ‘before it kills them’

Desperate locals of a tiny Colombian island have taken to the sea to hunt an aggressive eight-foot tiger shark before "it kills them".

Last week, Italian Antonio Straccialini, 56, was horrifically mauled to death by the creature as he was swimming off the coast of the island of San Andres in the Caribbean Sea.

The tragic man suffered severe blood loss from the mauling and went into a state of hypovolemic shock before dying.

Chillingly, the shark responsible for the act is still at large leaving many locals terrified to go into the sea.

And despite warnings from animal welfare groups and local authorities, some islanders have decided to hunt and kill the shark itself.

Since 2008, it has been illegal to hunt tiger sharks as they are an endangered species.

And amazingly the terror the islanders feel is so real they're willing to suffer the legal consequences, which include fines of up to $916,500 and between 48 and 108 months in prison.

Prominent animal welfare group has reported that despite the ban on hunting, many locals have been caught in the act of attempting to kill the killer shark.

The group denounced a video taken from the sea which shows a navy ship approaching a group of local hunters.

The navy is heard informing the group that the “waters in which the species they are trying to hunt is protected.”

In response, the locals screamed: “The shark is going to kill us.”

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El Pais reports that the surge in hunting has already led to a nurse shark being butchered in the waters around the island, despite it being a different species to the guilty shark.

The shocking incident is the first recorded shark attack on the Caribbean island – typically known for its idyllic beaches and beautiful vistas.

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