"This is a dick measuring contest to perform masculinity."
Two fisherthems, as the noted chanteuse Sam Smith would call them, have come under fire after killing a beached shark with a knife through the brain, ignoring the leas of shocked onlookers who had offered to drag the fish back into the ocean.
In the minute-long clip posted to Twitter, we see two men dragging a blacktip reef shark up the beautiful New Myrna beach sands as Mariana Sabogal, who filmed the event on her telephone, protests.
Two men kill a shark for no reason 😳 pic.twitter.com/9Jjj4u3uML
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“Can you put it back?” she says.
“You put it back!” says one of the men.
“We will! I’m not a vegetarian. You should not be doing that with animals. Please do not do anything to it. Please do not do anything.”
One man picks up a knife and plunges it into the rough location of the fish’s brain, which is just behind the eyes although it doesn’t die instantly suggesting a missed shot.
“It’s legal harvest!” he says. “There’s nothing you can do!”
“Why are you doing that?” asks Mariana.
“Because it’s natural!”
“Are you fucking insane, honestly,” she says. “Are you enjoying this?”
“No, I’m taking this to eat. “
Shortly after the ruckus, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released a statement that read in part,“It is common practice for anglers to euthanize sharks after landing for ethical and safety concerns. This video is not currently under investigation as no violation of state law regarding the method of harvest occurred.”
One man’s euthanasia is another’s execution, of course.
“There’s a lot of things that are legal, but they are not morally right,” said Mariana.
Bit of back and forthing in the comments with many readers correctly pointing out that the method of dispatching a shark ain’t no different to what is dealt to millions of delightful sea creatures every day, including the wildly intelligent octopus.
Others not thrilled.
“This is a dick measuring contest to perform masculinity.”
Where do you stand on this matter?
I swing both ways.