An investigation is underway into a video posted to the Facebook page of Miami-based celebrity shark hunter Capt. Mark the Shark.
An unidentified person behind the camera takes hold of a seabird by its neck, appearing to shake it and complain of the animal biting. The person says something about the bird getting after some bait.
"What should I do with you?" the person asks.
The video caption on the Mark the Shark's Monster Fishing Charters page reads: "MERRY XMAS..TODAY IS YOUR LUCKY DAY ! PETA THIS !"
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says it is looking into the incident.
"We do not have any additional information to share at this time," FWC spokesperson Melody Kilborn said.
Shark, who legally changed his name from Mark Quartiano, was caught up in last year's infamous shark-dragging video by posting it online. He says he received it from two of the accused fishermen: Michael Wenzel and Robert Lee Benac.
Both are charged with two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
"These three guys are doing something inhumane … (I've) never seen anything so barbaric," Shark told 10News at the time. "I’m glad we exposed them."
Charges against a third man, Spencer Heintz, were dropped.
A request for comment from the charter company was returned with the following on Facebook, in part:
"Investigate what situation?"
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