Outrage Grows Over Video of Shark Dragged Behind Speedboat

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Three men in Florida apparently thought it would be hilarious to tie a by its tail to their speedboat and then make a of it bouncing hard in the wake of the vessel as the men laugh. Afterward, they took photos of what was left of the poor ’s mangled body.

One of these losers sent the video and photos via Instagram to Mark “The Shark” Quartiano, a famous local fisherman, with the message, “I think you’re going to get a kick out of this!”

Quartiano was not the least bit amused.

“I don’t know what they expected me to do. Laugh it off and say nice work? Oh no, that’s not me,” he told the Miami Herald. “I’ve been shark fishing for 50 years and I’ve never seen a disrespect for an animal my entire career that was that evil,” he told CNN.

Hoping his followers could identify the three men, Quartiano posted the video on his Instagram and Facebook page, where it’s been viewed over 280,000 times. He notified the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which immediately launched an investigation into the incident.

“Since the investigation is active, we can’t confirm the identities of the individuals, and it is too early to speculate as to what, if any, violations took place in this incident,” the FWC stated July 26. “However, we would like to state that the lack of respect shown in this video for our precious natural resources is disheartening and disturbing, and is not representative of conservation-minded anglers around the world.”

Here’s the video, which is extremely disturbing.

If the shark was alive while it was being dragged – which could be the case, since one of the men in the video says, “Look, it’s almost dead” – this horrible act would have been especially egregious. Neil Hammerschlag, a shark expert at the University of Miami, told the Miami Herald that in addition to the trauma of being slammed repeatedly against the water’s surface, the shark would have suffocated from the lack of water moving through its gills.

And if the shark was alive, the men violated Florida laws that prohibit to animals. Unfortunately, the most they could likely be charged with would be a first-degree misdemeanor, with the possibility of up to only a year in jail and a paltry $5,000 fine.

Chillingly, it’s not unusual for fishermen to kill sharks by dragging them backward behind their boats so they drown, said Florida charter captain Nate Weissman. “But to do it at 45 miles per hour for sport, that ain’t cool,” he added. (Actually, doing it at any speed ain’t cool, but downright cruel.)

This wasn’t the first time that at least one of those three men abused wildlife and posted evidence of it, the Miami Herald reports. In photos that previously appeared on social media, one of these creeps dangled a spotted eagle ray from a rope and, with friends, held a pelican with its wings outstretched.

Although the FWC was aware of these and other disturbing photos, no charges were filed against the abuser, and the case was closed in January. Hopefully the commission won’t repeat that mistake, and all three men on that boat will be charged with .


If you think these men should be identified and charged with animal cruelty by the FWC, please sign and share this petition.

If you happen to have any information about this case, call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 or email [email protected]. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

This article was first published by Care2.com on 27 Jul 2017.


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Kalyan Bhattacharyya

bunch of bastards

Michele Jankelow
Michele Jankelow

Totally and absolutely abhorrent! What gives men the right to do this, surely there MUST be accountability! This is abject cruelty, savagery, horror and brutality! If this is the state of people today, what chance does our planet have? This poor shark, in the wrong place at the wrong time as is the case with so many animals who find themselves at the mercy of disgraceful people!

Deborah Voves
Deborah Voves

Cruelty to animals is UNACCEPTABLE!

Elle Newman

This is the stuff of pathological warped little minds. It can not be tolerated in decent society. Root it out with the harshest punishment possible.

Marilyn Ashman

An Eye for an Eye!!!!. G-DAMN Bastards, and the Father, who is tied in, with some Political CRAP, and Instigated this TORTURE, needs to be FIRED, and JAILED, NOW!!!!!. Throw them ALL in JAIL!!!!. #@#$%&#@##!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tierra Chapman

Florida should sponsor a $1000 lottery for the outraged among us to be able to participate in turning these animal abusing psychopaths into live shark bait, and another $1000 lottery for a videographer to film it!

goldi muencz
goldi muencz

to hell with them, heavy karma about all hunters and animalabusers

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

a certain percentage of people will always be part of the cruel and stupid mode, but it seems more and more of us are rising up against these cruelties and those who perpetrate them. as our voices get louder and more prolific, the vile actions of the heartless will perhaps lessen.

laws need to be enacted and enforced so that even those devoid of a moral compass will think twice before putting themselves at the mercy of a court that does its job..

just in justice and protection for all innocents!!!

Tierra Chapman
Tierra Chapman

These laws will evolve to reflect a civilized culture once our species stops reconciling ourselves to the customary myth that sentient non-human beings are our “resources”, our property.

Leigh Lofgren

I won’t watch it and so disturbing to even consider such cruelty and these men need to found and severly punished. I know what I would like to do to them, but then I’d be in trouble.

Rikki Salty

these r not men, they r cowards to need to make themselves feel superior by inflicting harm on those they see as weaker

Lois Carol Wessels

Rotten scumbags – Hope Karma gets you S O O N!!!!!!

Cherie Mazzenga

This is so discusting

Sue Lesmond

Death wish for these animal murdering bastards.An eye for an eye is most definately in order.

Anne Grice

And so it should, this is beyond disgust and irrespective of who these criminals are , they must face justice! This poor shark struggled and suffered for sick fun and this is the issue at hand! They should be in a cell with no pleasures!

Martha Hammell Mast

arrest these assholes

Arlene Labbe

The “man” should be shot to death.

M Leybra
M Leybra

Phoey. Bind the 3 by their feet & drag. They will simply be ‘charged.’ With a misdemeanor. One of them already supposedly on record for torturing an eagle ray & a pelican & was not ‘charged’ w/ anything by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, a group of flunkies appointed by the Gov. who cater to hunters & fishermen. If tis same cruelty was done to a land animal there would be greater outrage but most of public has no idea what greater cruelties are perpetrated on sea animals. The fact that we’re still hunting dwindling sharks legally, is a… Read more »

Donna Gehl

Kill them the same way