A shoot for a Kmart television commercial in the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nuys resulted in the death of a 5-foot-long white-tipped shark, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The shark had been placed in an above-ground swimming pool in a residential back yard for the shoot last month. After reportedly showing signs of stress it was given adrenaline and received oxygen from a trainer, the story says. It died after it was removed from the pool and transported to Long Beach, where it was to be examined by a specialist.
The American Humane Association issued a rebuke, as did People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which opposes using any animals in filming.
A spokeswoman for the AHA said the group has asked a third party to investigate the incident, while a representative for Sears Holding, the parent of Kmart, said it is investigating.