WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT: A sickening video of two fishermen laughing after hacking off a defenceless shark’s tail and throwing it back into the sea has been shared on Facebook.
The shocking footage shows the shark appearing to be tangled in fishing line alongside a commercial fishing boat in Greenland.
The fisherman cut off the shark’s tail to free their line. Blood streams from the back end of the shark as it tries to swim off. The men then switch the camera onto their laughing faces.
Local news outlet RÚV reports the men can be heard yelling something along the lines of: “Good luck trying to swim, you punk!”
The video has gone viral since being posted to Facebook and shared by Christel Ýr Johanse who said they were “such sick losers”.
“The guy is so proud of himself that he disabled comments because no one seems to agree with him .. got a screengrab before he closed that ... share at will,” she said.
Many sickened by the act of animal cruelty commented on the post, one saying it was “disgusting”.
Another said the Greenland shark only ate fish and little sharks and posed no threat to humans.
“No interest in humanity, and it does not change now that this unique Greenland shark (Which is at threat of extinction) could not have less chance of living,” he said.
According to RÚV, the two fishermen in the video have been fired from their jobs and could face animal cruelty charges. The owners of the fishing boat issued a statement condemning the “horrendous event” that appeared in the video.
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