Shark week takes an unexpectedly nasty turn

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission is investigating the contents of a video that shows a hooked shark being dragged at high speeds behind an outboard-powered boat.

Florida charter fishing captain Mark “The Shark” Quartiano reposted the video on his Instagram feed after receiving it along with a photo of the shark torn to pieces.

Shark video prompts FWC investigation

WHO ARE THEY? This video of a shark being dragged behind a boat has prompted an investigation by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. If you know who these guys are, FWC wants to hear from you. Here's how:

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“This is just really sick, one of the most horrific things I have seen in 50 years of professional sport fishing,” Quartiano, who believes the person who sent him the video and photo was on the boat, told WESH 2 in Orlando.

Three passengers are visible in the video, not including the person recording. The person manning the helm at the time looks back at the shark while cruising.

WESH reports that the Florida sport fishing community is outraged over the video and that the charter captain in the video is based out of Florida’s Gulf Coast.

“The FWC takes this very seriously and is currently investigating this incident,” commission spokesman Robert Klepper told the news station. “We are also attempting to identify the individuals in the video and where it took place.”

Anyone with information can contact the commission’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at (888) 404-3922 or

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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