Florida Man Allegedly Hits Shark With Hammer

This is not a picture of the shark in the story. [Screenshot/YouTube/Free Documentary]

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A man reportedly bludgeoned a shark on the head with a hammer on a Florida beach Tuesday.

The incident happened Tuesday at Bicentennial Beach Park, according to the Indian Harbour Police Department, Click Orlando reported.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the incident. While investigators have identified the man in the video, his name has not been released. (RELATED: Study Alleges Discovery Channel’s ‘Shark Week’ Is Biased Against Sharks, Women)

Video from Harbour House Oceanfront’s 24/7 live surf cam shows two men fishing, police said, according to Click Orlando. Police said one of the fisherman hit the shark that had been brought to shore on the head with a hammer. The footage shows one of the fisherman releasing the shark back into the ocean.

Two men had dragged a shark across New Smyrna Beach shore and stabbed it in the head in August, Click Orlando reported. That incident was deemed legal, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said, because it’s “common practice for anglers to euthanize sharks after landing for ethical and safety concerns,” Click Orlando reported.