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Valentine Thomas began spearfishing four years ago. Photo courtesy of Valentine Thomas

The "spearfishing huntress" says she only kills what she intends to eat when she goes blue-water hunting, and judging by all the photos on her Instagram page, she and her friends must eat a lot of fish.

Valentine Thomas, 28, quit her job in a London financial office two weeks ago so she could spend more time fulfilling her passion, and in that brief span the woman has become a social media sensation.

Pretty Corsica your landscapes and your sea are breathtaking!! Im in love! #dentex #lifeisbettteronthesea #girlspearfishing

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Her Instagram following has grown from about 8,000 followers to nearly 30,000 followers in the past few days alone.

With her sudden fame has come plenty of criticism, because she travels the world in order to hunt fish with a spear gun.

But Thomas counters that hunting in this manner is far more discriminate than methods used to supply fish to markets and restaurants.

They include trawl nets, which destroy bottom habitat; longline gear, which kills sea birds and unwanted by-catch, which is typically discarded at sea; and gill-nets, which capture anything that cannot fit through the monofilament mesh.

"Society is used to buying [fish] at the grocery shop–you don't see blood," Thomas told the Toronto Sun. "I think most of the population doesn't relate to the fact that the food has to be killed before it needs to look pretty in its little box."

World Record Atlantic Jack! Ils time for a second one soon!! #worldrecord #timetogetanewone #jack #girlspearfishing #bbqtime

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Thomas began spearfishing four years ago, and became hooked on the sport immediately, and it helped her become more aware about issues involving the marine environment.

"I really encourage sustainable eating and spearfishing is definitely one of its purest forms in my opinion," she told BuzzFeed. "You catch exactly what you want to eat and there is no 'collateral damage' to it."

Of criticism leveled against her beneath just about every social media post–she has been called "killer" numerous times–she says she has grown a thick skin.

"It's pretty much what every woman has to deal with when you post anything and when you have so much courage on the Internet," she told the Toronto Sun.

Her fame, in large part, has to do with the fact that she's a pretty woman in a sport practiced predominantly by men.

She’s beginning to attract potential sponsors and still trying to wrap her head around her sudden popularity.

Thomas told BuzzFeed that after posting her first photo to Facebook, she woke up the next day to discover that she had 1,000 friend requests.

Her next adventure, she said, is a July trip to Zanzibar.

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