Video: Shark dragged from back of moving boat

FWC investigating viral video


A video that has gone viral on social media shows at least three men dragging a shark from the back of a moving speedboat, and now, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to identify the people responsible.

The 10-second video, which has been viewed more than 250,000 since Monday morning, shows the shark flailing in boat's wake as it's tethered to the stern of the speeding watercraft.

It's unclear if the shark is alive or dead.

The camera then pans to three young men who are laughing, pointing and filming.

"Look, it's already almost there," one man said in the video.

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Miami charter boat captain "Mark the Shark" posted the video to his Facebook and Instagram pages Monday afternoon, outraging his tens and thousands of fans and followers.

"Freakin clowns. They should be seriously heavily fined. This is a complete joke! I don't even like sharks but doesn't mean it's okay to torture it," one Facebook user wrote.

News 6 has reached out to a man who online commenters have identified as being on the boat featured in the video. This post will be updated when and if he responds. 

FWC public information coordinator Rob Klepper said that while the agency is investigating, it's too early to know if any violations took place.

"The FWC has been alerted to a video circulating on multiple social media sites showing a group of individuals traveling at high speed on the water, dragging a shark behind the vessel," Klepper said. "The FWC takes this very seriously and is currently investigating this incident. We are also attempting to identify the individuals in the video and where it took place."

FWC added that the agency is not confirming the identities of any of the people possibly involved or speaking about the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 or email Tip@MyFWC.com. 

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