FWC investigates viral video of shark being dragged behind boat

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating a video that has gone viral on social media that shows of group of men dragging a shark behind a boat.

Sport fisherman Mark Quartiano, also known as "Mark the Shark," re-posted the video on his Instagram page saying, "For once I may have to agree with Peta. #Whodoesthiss*** #sowrong #notcool."

The cameraman pans over at one point and shows three men aboard the boat, laughing as the shark is being dragged in the water.

"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," FWC Law Enforcement Division spokesman Rob Klepper said in an email. "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."

It's unclear whether the shark was dead or alive while it was being dragged.

Klepper said it's too early in the investigation to determine whether any "violations took place in this incident."

Anyone with information is asked to call the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 or email [email protected] Individuals can remain anonymous.

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