Rosie O'Donnell is often in the headlines, but rarely for baiting sharks. But that's what
caused environmentalists to see red after a photo of O'Donnell standing next to carcass of a hammerhead shark during a fishing in Miami was released this week.
The photograph, although taken years ago, was only posted on the internet this week - a development that immediately drew stung criticism of O'Donnell since hammerhead sharks are now an endangered species (Florida banned the catch of three species of hammerheads starting January 1).
O'Donnell took to Twitter to defuse the unexpected situation.
'i love the ocean - i am on it daily in miami - chill people - really - my family fishes,' she tweeted yesterday.
A commentator replied: 'My family fishes and good friends hunt. The difference is that they don't go after species at risk. Be more selective.'
O'Donnell concluded: 'we were not going after any species in particular - u catch what u catch - and it wasn't endangered till 11 days ago. 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.'