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Shocking footage has emerged of what looks like a man battering a shark to death with a hammer then dragging it across a Florida beach before tossing it into ocean.
The video appears to show one man hitting the shark in the head and gills over the course of several minutes, while another man watches.
Once the man decides that it must be dead, he attempts to drag its body into the sea and let the water wash it away, but the breaking waves keep returning it to shore.
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The video, first shared by FOX 35 News, was filmed on Tuesday (December 20), by a surfcam at Harbour House, a hotel and venue in Indian Harbor Beach, Florida.
John Hourston, the founder of the Blue Planet Society, told Newsweek: "From what we can tell from the video it looks like an angler is trying to remove the hook from a shark before bludgeoning the animal to death with a hammer."
"Unfortunately this is fairly typical of the way many shark species are still treated in the U.S. An outdated perception that sharks are somehow evil and should be punished still exists with some sections of society."
Lemon sharks are classified as "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.
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They are not permitted to be fished in Florida waters, and are only allowed to be fished commercially in federal waters if the angler has the appropriate permit.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the Floridian bludgeoning incident, FOX 35 News reported.
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