DESTIN, FL (WVUE) - A deck hand from a Florida fishing charter removed 34 shark pups from the corpse of a pregnant great hammerhead shark. The incident was caught on video and has drawn heavy controversy.
The shark was caught on a fishing expedition and brought to shore along the Harborwalk in Destin, Florida on June 5, AL.com reports. The 13-foot, 830-pound great hammerhead was caught on the boat's latest charter.
The dead pups were removed from the corpse. Bystanders counted 34 dead sharks that were tossed into a trash can.
The video was taken by Jeff Bratcher of Yukon, Oklahoma and posted to YouTube. Bratcher was on vacation with his family when he took the video. The YouTube video reflects Bratcher's disgust.
"Video of hammerhead shark with 34 baby's caught! This is terribly wrong," the YouTube caption reads. The video has been views over 600,000 times. Numerous viewers have expresses their outrage.
Great hammerheads are protected by Florida state law. Landing the species in state waters is prohibited.