The state says it also knows where the now-viral incident took place.
By Tim Fanning | Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Florida wildlife officials are investigating after a video of men dragging a shark behind a speeding boat went viral on several social media sites.
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The 10-second clip shows a boat dragging a shark through the water at high speed. The shark, tethered to the end of the boat, thrashes and repeatedly slams against the wake of the engine, as four men look back, seeming to enjoy what they see.
“Look it’s already almost dead,” one of the men in the boat said, pointing toward the shark.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Rob Klepper said in an email Tuesday that the agency had been alerted to the video by a web tip.
The email says investigators have identified the individuals in the video and where it took place. The FWC has not released their names. He says it wasn’t immediately clear if any violations had taken place.
The video began getting attention Monday after Miami sport fisherman Mark Quartiano, also known as “Mark the Shark,” reposted the video on his Instagram page. His caption said, “FOR ONCE I MAY HAVE TO AGREE WITH @PETA.”
Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to contact the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404- 3922 or Tip@MyFWC.com. Individuals can remain anonymous.
This story contains information from The Associated Press.