Witnesses watched in awe recently as one Florida fisherman removed 34 dead baby sharks from the body of a 13-foot hammerhead shark.
The shark was caught in the nets of a charter boat during a fishing expedition. According to witnesses, the shark appeared to have bullet or spear holes in its body and its fin had been cut off.
Jeff Bratcher, an Oklahoma native who filmed the scene, speculated about the event.
“My oldest son, he said ‘Dad, this is wrong,’ and I said I didn’t know what was endangered or what wasn’t,” Bratcher said, according to the Daily Mail. “We’re from Oklahoma, all we know about is catching catfish.”
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The fishermen acknowledged the incident on their Facebook page, writing, "We would have released it, but the shark died during the long battle."
While great hammerheads are an endangered species, they are not protected by the U.S. government under the Endangered Species Act.
Interestingly, meat from hammerheads isn’t typically eaten, though some make a soup out of the fin. Though the sale of a shark fin is illegal in nine U.S. states, Florida allows it.
A video of the scene was uploaded to YouTube. It featured the fisherman removing the babies and placing them in a bucket. There were 34 pups in total.
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The video has been viewed more than 300,000 times. It has received many negative comments and requests that it be deleted.
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