Video showed Chinese vlogger prep and eat great white shark. Now she’ll pay thousands
A Chinese food vlogger, who goes by the screen name Tizi, is in hot water after Chinese officials found a video where she cooks and eats a great white shark.
Tizi, whose real surname is Jin, has amassed a following by sharing video blogs, or vlogs, documenting her experience cooking and eating unique foods.
In July 2022, Jin posted a nearly five-minute long video on Chinese social media sites Kuaishou and Douyin, platforms similar to TikTok. The video shows Jin going to a local market and buying the carcass of a small great white shark. This occurred in April, according to Chinese officials.
Jin takes the shark home, prepares the meat to be grilled and sauteed in a wok and eats the shark meat on camera, sharing with other people shown in the video. At one point, Jin can be seen ripping the meat off the shark with her teeth, sauce and seasonings all over her hands and face.
The Nanchong Market Supervision Bureau said in a statement on Jan. 28 that they were asked to investigate the video for violating the Wild Animal Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China.
Jin has now been fined 125,000 yuan, or just over $18,500, for the purchase and consumption of a protected animal.
The statement said a national fisheries institute had been able to use residual tissue samples from the shark to identify it as a great white shark, protected under Chinese law.
The bureau also reported that the shark sellers, seen in Jin’s video, last names Shen and Yan, had been arrested by local police for the sale of the illegal shark meat.