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Man behind viral shark dragging apologizes – is it enough?

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The man (not officially named by wildlife officials) behind the now viral shark dragging video has apologized for his actions reported ABC Action News. But is sorry enough? Ask most any animal lover and the answer will be a swift and resounding “No!”

The video shows a shark being dragged behind a boat which is traveling at a high rate of speed – in the boat are several men, laughing at the shark as it is thrown around in the water. According to experts, the shark was still alive, and in agony, while being dragged.

The apology from one of the un-named men in the video came via text message – the news agency reporting on the “apology” shared what the text message read:

“I realize what we did was stupid,” the message reads. “I have learned from my actions, and I am sorry. It won’t happen again.”

Florida wildlife officials have been investigating the situation, but it is unclear if any charges will be made. Apparently, charges may be forthcoming only if the shark in the video is protected.

The men in the shark dragging video apparently have a history of abusing and torturing wildlife – several other images, and video, have been discovered showing a variety of animals being subjected to cruelty. One video shows a shark (unclear if the fish is alive or dead) being used as a beer bong (beer is being poured through the gills and a man is drinking the beer), and one image shows a grouper being forced to drink beer.

In light of the apparent history of abuse, and the light-hearted banter and laughter while the shark was being mercilessly dragged, it is unlikely that anyone who cares for animals in any way, shape or manner, will be satisfied with a simple “I’m sorry.”

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20 replies
  1. Tim says:

    hope someone brings these dickless assholes out for a long boatride and dump them off so the sharks buddies can return the favor

  2. Marianne Zito says:

    I say hell NO !!! They have a history with torturing a pelican a dog and now a shark !!! Apologies never accepted and I think they had a dog there with that they baited to get the shark so fuck no let them suffer with consequences and charges POS

  3. Bunny Peters says:

    “A tiger doesn’t change his stripes”…….

    This POS & his friends are ONLY sorry they were caught……..

    Hope they die the same way their victims have died: in excruciating pain and terrified……. afterwards they’ll burn in Hell forever for their cruelty……..

  4. Marsha Flynn Squibb says:

    NOT enough!!!!!!You knew that action was cruel and STILL laughed as you killed it!!!!!Mean mean mean!!You should be dragged behind speed boat, ASSHOLE!!!!!!

  5. Helen says:

    Sorry is not enough. They are sorry for getting caught. These idiots should be thrown in jail for awhile, so that they will think twice before torturing animals as a sport!

  6. Pamela Garlisch says:

    Yes it won’t happen again with that animal but it seems like it will happen again with other animals that this man abuses. Sorry is not good enough he could say he was sorry after every time he abused an animal.

  7. maxiemom says:

    NO, this is not enough!!! When you consider the history of these scumbags and the fact that this POS is only saying he’s sorry because the video has received universal condemnation, showing people across the world what a vile SOS he is and that he is not actually sorry, merely that he’s been proven a piece of filth, then how could it be enough? How the devil could they not charge him even if the shark isn’t protected? What they did was HEINOUS!!! I wish there were a way to do this to them, because humans are NOT an endangered species, and heaven knows, evil filth like this are not worthy of any kind of protection. In any case, charge these bastards and put them behind bars where they belong!

  8. Adrienne says:

    If these so-called men are serial animal abusers, then they need to be brought up on felony charges and have the same done to them as they have done to these animals, nothing less.

  9. Cynthia Como says:

    Unless this brutal asshole is punished he and his thug friends will continue this torture! Even if punished I have my doubts that he will not repeat this horror!!

  10. Johnna Villegas says:

    These cowards lack compassion and empathy. They are a danger to society and need to be taken off the streets. I don’t care who their parents are, they obviously did a horrible job since this is their product! Animal cruelty leads to other crimes and we demand justice!

  11. Linda Szymoniak says:

    Definitely not! I read another article that has photos of this monster abusing other wildlife – including endangered species. Even if the shark was the only case of abuse, an apology isn’t enough!

  12. ellen cottone says:

    So what more do you need to have these guys thoughly investigated for animal cruelty? including their online activities. I’m sure you will find some indisputable animal crime since it all revolves around these boys need to get drunk and film and promote animal toucher videos.
    How hard is it going to be to find a taped evidence of a verify of knee slapping animal toucher videos.
    What are you waiting for really!?

  13. Staci Sherwood says:

    Michael Wenzel had daddy cover up his abuse for years he’s a psychopath and should be removed from the population. His friend Robert ‘Bo’ Benac, Spencer Heintz, Nicholas Burns Esterling (who had a shark as a pet in his pool) and Alex Kompothecras are all guilty adults and should be in prison been doing this stuff for years.

  14. pamela bolton says:

    Make them truly sorry by putting their butts in jail for a few years. This was premeditated MURDER of an animal. Bet he won’t do it again.

  15. sasafras says:

    How about a minimum fine, say $ 100,000 for each second you dragged the shark (This idiot is very wealthy and that is why he has not been prosecuted) There are 9 seconds to the video on some pages. He and his buddies have been cruel to animals before but I guess, the State of Florida has some flunkies running FWC and could not pull off an investigation or a conviction) Maybe, his parents should also pay a fine since they raised such a callous/evil human being. Once he is convicted, then he should be keel-hauleded for chum for the sharks.


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