Video of Shark Being Dragged in Florida Draws Outrage

'One of most horrific things I have seen in 50 years of professional sport fishing'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2017 2:47 PM CDT
Florida Investigates 'Disgusting' Shark-Dragging Video
Video from Florida shows a group of men dragging a shark behind a boat at high speeds. Authorities are investigating.   (Video Still)

The 11-second video, filmed recently in Florida, shows a shark bouncing up and down on the water as it's dragged behind a boat at high speeds. A group of men on the boat laugh and point at the animal. One of the men seems to imply the shark will die soon, saying, "Look, it's already almost there," the Washington Post reports. The video has been shared thousands of times on social media, and is drawing condemnation from not only animal-rights activists but sport fishermen. Charter captain Mark Quartiano says he was sent the video by someone he believes was on the boat, according to WESH. He calls it "one of the most horrific things I have seen in 50 years of professional sport fishing." Another charter captain, Nate Weissman, tells the New York Daily News the behavior in the video is "disgusting."

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the video and trying to identify the men who appear in it, the Bradenton Herald reports. Spokesperson Rob Klepper says it's too early in the investigation to say if any specific violations appear in the video. But Quartiano, who says the same person also sent him a picture of the shark ripped into pieces, believes the men should be prosecuted. He tells CBS Miami the person who sent him the video was looking for praise. “They said, ‘Oh, this is pretty cool, look what we did to the shark,’ and I go, ‘Are you kidding me, man?’" Weissman also expressed doubt the shark was killed legally. (More sharks stories.)

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