Locals revived the once popular Destin Deep Water Shark Tournament this week. It was the first time for the tournament in 11 years.
On its first day, it drew several hundred onlookers who had their pictures taken with a shark strung up by its tail. The biggest catch was a 765 pound tiger shark.
But the tournament also attracted the same type of protests that helped cause its ten-year absence in the Florida Panhandle. Several demonstrators carried signs outside the event and a plane circled overhead with a sign from the National Humane Society.
Eleven sharks were killed in the tournament, and more than 300 were released.
Locals were counting on the four-day event to fill hotels and restaurants, with the summer tourist season over and the arrival of retired snowbirds from the North and Midwest months away.
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