Rosie O'Donnell bites back over shark fishing

Rosie O’Donnell defended herself via Twitter against a hail of criticism over hammerhead sharks killed on family fishing trips off Miami Beach.

“i love the ocean - i am on it daily in miami - chill people - really - my family fishes,” she tweeted Wednesday.

The TV personality, who owns a home on Miami Beach’s posh Star Island, has taken her children on several fishing excursions with Mark “The Shark” Quartiano, the best-known shark fisherman in Florida. Quartiano posted a photo of her next to a giant, dead hammerhead hanging from hook on his website a few weeks ago, leading to a torrent of criticism from conservationists who said she was killing animals that are severely overfished.

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