Troubling footage of a man shooting a hammerhead shark to death at point-blank range emerged on Thursday.
The clip shows a man in a red baseball cap and sunglasses point a small pistol at the shark after it was caught, according to the Miami Herald
He then fires two bullets into the shark, and chuckles as he watches it bleed to death in the water.
Video of an unidentified man shooting a hammerhead shark emerged Friday
The footage shows the man shoot the shark twice at point-blank range, who then chuckles as it bleeds in the water
Initial images of the shooting are thought to have been posted to social media on July 18, under the Instagram profile of alex_kampo.
It remains unclear if the images are from the same event.
The video was later given to Russ Rector, an animal activist, who said he received the footage by the person claiming to have filmed the shooting.
'My first reaction was how ridiculous it was and how cruel it was, quite frankly,' he said.
The disturbing video caused on outcry on social media, the attention of the authorities who have opened an investigation
'This was all done so they can videotape it and show it to their friends,' Rector posited, adding that he believed the incident occurred in the waters off Siesta Key near Sarasota.
'If you are going to kill a shark, you shoot it in the head,' he said. 'He fired shots into the gill, causing the shark to bleed out and suffocate.'
This latest spectacle of animal cruelty came on the heels of another video showing a shark being dragged to death by a speed boat reported by the Herald nearly two weeks ago.
Rector believes the same people are responsible for both videos.
Authorities with the Fish and Wildlife Commission have launched an investigation into each incident.
Rob Klepper, a spokesperson with the commission, said that the names of those involved with each incident have not been released in keeping with policy precedent.
The clips were later uploaded to the Internet, outraging social media viewers who immediately started a change.com petition which garnered over 2,000 signatures as of Friday.
The shark dragging incident caused a Internet firestorm, leading to death threats against the star of a new MTV reality show who is allegedly friends with one of the men in the footage.
The shooting came just weeks after a shark was filmed being dragged to death by a speed boat (Pictured: Alex Kompothecras, who is not involved in either shark incident)
Alex Kompothecras, 22, was supposedly sent the video of his friend Michael Wenzel along with two other men dragging the shark by the fin at high speed last week.
He said to People: 'I was, like, "Are you kidding me?"'
'I was absolutely horrified.'
Kompothecras, 22, is a cast member of the show Siesta Key.
One man in Florida who unfortunately shares the same name as Wenzel was forced to change his Facebook profile with a picture of himself holding a homemade sign that reads: 'I am NOT the shark guy.'
Wenzel has not been named by police or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission in connection with either incident.
Authorities have not released the names of the suspects in keeping with previous policy (Pictured: Michael Wenzel, who is not involved in any way to the either shark killing)