Video catches man shooting a hammerhead shark
Posts on MTV’s “Siesta Key” Facebook page run the gamut from who should Alex Kompothecras choose to date — Juliette or Madisson — to derogatory comments about his alleged abuse of marine life.
The Miami Herald reported Thursday that a new video has surfaced this week that shows a man catching a hammerhead shark with a fishing rod as a second man lifts the shark slightly above the water’s surface and fires two shots from a handgun into the animal’s gills.
The shooter in the video is wearing the same red Make America Great Again hat and long-sleeve gray shirt as photos posted on MTV’s Facebook page of Alex Kompothecras, posing with what appears to be a dead hammerhead shark.
The video was shared by Miami fisherman Mark “The Shark” Quartiano on his Instagram account after Quartiano was alerted to its existence by a concerned party. The video is now being investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission rules, people cannot shoot sharks in Florida waters but can catch them with hook and line. However, sharks can be shot in federal waters further from shore. It was not clear exactly where the incident in the video took place.
The debut of MTV’s reality show, featuring a group of young adults in Siesta Key, has drawn protests from outraged citizens because of Kompothecras’ ties to Palmetto resident Michael Wenzel who has been identified as one of the anglers seen cruelly dragging a shark behind a boat at high speed in a video that went viral last month. That video is also being investigated by the FWC.
On his Instagram, Kompothecras posted “I had nothing to do with the shark video. Yes he’s a friend of mine, but no I don’t agree with what he did.”
A planned red carpet premiere party for the reality show at CineBistro in Sarasota on July 31 was canceled at the last minute because of a protest was that orchestrated by the Boycott Siesta Key MTV protest group created on Facebook and others.
In an Aug. 3 People interview Kompothecras admitted that there were some offensive photos of wildlife on his Instagram account. “There are images of me and I feel horrible,” says Kompothecras. “I am embarrassed and it won’t happen again.”
MTV has not yet responded to the Bradenton Herald request for comment regarding the latest incident.