The laughing, jovial men who are in a now viral video which shows a shark being mercilessly dragged behind a speeding boat have been identified. According to Wednesday’s publication of the Miami Herald, the men have been identified by Florida wildlife officials, but their identities are not yet being made public.
The video sparked outrage as it began circulating on social media – one of the laughing men can be heard saying “Look it’s almost dead,” as the shark’s body is flailed around in the churning water behind the boat. After the horrific boat dragging ended, one of the men held up the mangled body of the shark for a photo.
Officials were alerted to the sickening act after one of the people in the video gave it to Capt. Mark Quartiano, a renowned Florida shark hunter. Quartiano alerted the authorities and offered his thoughts on what was portrayed in the video, “I’ve killed tens of thousands of sharks but not tortured them, not inhumanely and not disrespected them like that.”
The case is still being investigated – anyone with information is asked to reach out to the state hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or online at Tip@MyFWC.com.
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