Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are trying to locate two men who were caught on video catching a hammerhead shark, shooting it twice and laughing while it bleeds out.
South Florida animal activist Russ Rector told WSVN that the person who filmed the video sent him the footage, which is now part of an investigation.
“He didn’t even have the knowledge, the courtesy or the empathy to put the bullet in the shark’s head. He shot the shark repeatedly in the gills,” Rector told the news station. “Shooting a shark in the gills is not an instant kill. That shark bled out and suffocated.”
A Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman added: “That video was forwarded to us as a result of the public outcry from the first shark dragging video. The video is being investigated, and FWC can’t confirm identities.”
FWC said that it is only illegal to shoot a shark in Florida waters.