DEC 06, 2016 7:00 AM PST

Florida Man Faces Charges After Punching Hammerhead Shark to Death

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

A 21-year-old man from Florida, identified as Granger Ray Wooten, is now facing misdemeanor charges after witnesses told officials he was seen dragging an 8-9-foot hammerhead shark out of the water with another individual.
 

Hammerhead sharks are endangered, but some people just don't care.

 
Immediately following, he was observed wrapping his arm around the shark’s head, presumably to keep it from attacking him, and then repeatedly punched the shark in the stomach.
 
After the shark was already beached, the suspects then gathered around the animal and sat a young child atop it to take a photo with their smartphone.
 
Following their heinous act, they then reportedly tried to drag the shark back into the water to revive it.
 
Wooten lied to officials initially, saying he never punched the shark. But after some interrogating, he finally admitted to it in his own derranged sort of way. The man claimed he was attempting a CPR-like maneuver on the shark to “get the air out of its lungs.”
 
“If he [Wooten] wanted to revive the shark all he had to do was run water through the shark’s gills,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission officials said.
 
The other individual has not been identified and it looks like they aren’t facing charges either. Then again, Wooten was the only one seen punching the shark.
 
The shark later died from all the activity, as the revival attempt was obviously unsuccessful, and it was found floating underneath a nearby pier not too long after the report.
 
Catching an endangered hammerhead shark became an illegal act in Florida starting 2012, and if the man had simply let the shark go, rather than attacking and killing it, he wouldn’t have faced any charges.
 
For whatever reason, people have a deranged obsession with attacking and killing ocean wildlife to take selfies on the beach. A similar situation involving a Dominican Republic beach spelled the death for another shark earlier this year, which was dragged from the water for a photograph as well.
 
Source: Panama City News Herald, Telegraph

About the Author
Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
APR 12, 2022
Plants & Animals
Fiber Could Reduce Inflammation. But What Kind of Fiber is Best?
APR 12, 2022
Fiber Could Reduce Inflammation. But What Kind of Fiber is Best?
Dietary fiber is an important component of a healthy diet. As a carbohydrate that can’t be digested by the body, i ...
MAY 12, 2022
Plants & Animals
Coffee's Impact on Cholesterol Depends on Drinker Sex, Brewing Method
MAY 12, 2022
Coffee's Impact on Cholesterol Depends on Drinker Sex, Brewing Method
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages on the planet. Produced from the seeds of the Coffea plant, coffee beans are ...
MAY 31, 2022
Neuroscience
How Visual Maps are Generated in the Brain
MAY 31, 2022
How Visual Maps are Generated in the Brain
Different parts of the brain have been carefully mapped, so we have some idea of what parts of the brain are used to per ...
JUN 08, 2022
Plants & Animals
Coffee Reduces the Risk of Kidney Injury
JUN 08, 2022
Coffee Reduces the Risk of Kidney Injury
If you already start your day with a cup of coffee, then you’ll probably be excited to hear that you should contin ...
JUN 19, 2022
Plants & Animals
Therapy Dogs Help Lower Cortisol Levels in School-Aged Children
JUN 19, 2022
Therapy Dogs Help Lower Cortisol Levels in School-Aged Children
Therapy pets have become increasingly common because of their range of established health benefits. They can have a rang ...
JUN 21, 2022
Immunology
Can Allergy Symptoms be Relieved by Treating Micronutrition Deficiencies?
JUN 21, 2022
Can Allergy Symptoms be Relieved by Treating Micronutrition Deficiencies?
New research has indicated that deficiencies in micronutrients can promote inflammation, and make the immune system more ...
Loading Comments...