Published: Sep 18, 2013 10:41 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 18, 2013 11:56 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, FL.--A disturbing discovery along our coast. Parts of a slaughtered shark were scattered all over the shores of Fort Myers Beach.

A father and his daughter came across fins and a tail earlier today all cut up.

"The fins were basically chopped off, the body chopped off in half," said John Heim.

Early Wednesday morning, John Heim and his ten year old daughter walked the beach to school, but what started as a peaceful stroll, quickly turned in to one of disgust when they stumbled upon pieces of a mutilated shark.

"Trying to get over the Lake O discharges, now we run in to something so disrespectful when it comes to sea life," said Heim.

"It puts up a very bad picture on the beach," said Michael Dearden.

Dearden also lives here and walked by the shark pieces, he says these kinds of gruesome images along the beach can hurt the island's image.   

"Their bodies are mutilated on the sand, how does that look to the parents and the children when they are looking for some nice pretty place to have a vacation," said Dearden.

But we did some checking and it turns out boaters are allowed to catch black tipped sharks, but only two per vessel per day.

Dearden suspects something much more sinister-- poaching.

"If someone is poaching sharks, who says they are not poaching snook or tarpon," he said.

No matter how it happened or who did it, Heim says those images traumatized his daughter.


"It was on her mind all day, and probably will be for the rest of her life," said Heim.