Rosie O'Donnell used her talk show on the Oprah Winfrey Network Tuesday (17 January) to explain why her family caught a hammerhead shark during a fishing trip off the Florida coast.
Although the trip took place more than a year ago, a photo of O'Donnell's family and a dead hammerhead shark surfaced online recently. As of Jan. 1, Florida made it illegal to fish for sharks.
Fisherman Mark "The Shark" Quartiano had posted the photo on his website and environmentalists seeking to protect the endangered species were outraged.
O'Donnell told the audience of The Rosie Show that she is 'actually a friend of all animals' and joked that the shark they caught was really her arch-enemy Donald Trump.
On a more serious note, she said: 'Remember hammerhead sharks are endangered. Treat them well.'
O'Donnell had defended herself in Twitter last week: 'I love the ocean – I am on it daily in Miami – chill people – really – my family fishes.'
She wrote in another tweet: "We were not going after any species in particular – u catch what u catch – and it wasn't endangered til 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.'