VIDEO: Men Cut Off Shark's Tail And Release It, Now Face Possible Criminal Charges - The Reykjavik Grapevine

VIDEO: Men Cut Off Shark’s Tail And Release It, Now Face Possible Criminal Charges

Published May 29, 2019

Andie Fontaine
Photos by
Screenshots/Christel Ýr Johansen

Two seamen recorded themselves cutting the tail off of what appears to be a Greenland shark, laughing about it, before tossing it back into the sea. They have since been fired, and may face criminal charges.

The video in question (and be warned, the content is graphic) was posted by Christel Ýr Johansen, along with the status, “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 ;)”

“Good luck trying to swim, you bastard!,” one of the seamen can be heard shouting as they laugh, and the shark swims away bleeding profusely, minus its tail.

Icelanders who watched the video by and large did not share the seamen’s sense of humour, and it has been shared widely. RÚV now reports that the two seamen in question have been fired from the ship they worked on, with the owners of the ship saying in part, “This act is completely unjustifiable and those who committed it have no excuse. The owners have no other choice but to refuse any more services from the person displaying this kind of behaviour.”

RÚV also spoke with Þóra Jóhanna Jónasdóttir, a veterinarian of animal welfare at the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority, who added that the men broke several laws in this act, and may face up to a million ISK in fines on animal cruelty charges.

The (now former) seamen have not yet commented to the press.

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