Coming on the heels of the soul-crushing story depicting a beach full of people posing for selfies with a rare mini dolphin and then leaving it to die in the sand, a Florida man ripped a shark out of the ocean so as to score some primo social media snaps.
Video captured by a West Palm Beach news anchor Ashleigh Walters and posted to Facebook shows John Camp grab the shark by the tail as it desperately attempts to get back to the safety of the ocean, dragging it up the beach, and wrestling it as onlookers squeal with delight and laugh. Once he pins it to the sand, Camp proceeds to primp and preen, posing for photos until another onlooker finally returns the animal to the water, where it is washed back up with the surf.
“Shark was put farther into water after end of video. It did not resurface for several minutes,” Walters notes on her Facebook post, though it’s unclear if the animal survived the ordeal, which kept it out of the water for more than a minute.
Faced with the outrage of hundreds of comments on the video post, Camp attempted to defend himself.
“I do not regret my legal and ethical catch and release. What’s truly sad is so many human beings that wish harm on me based on a video clip which is intended to promote these reactions from its readers.”
Sharing a photo of himself flexing and pinning the shark with his comment, Camp and his man bun, tourist trap trinkets, and washed out, washed up beach bro stereotype prove just how much ignorance and disregard for the planet even people who live and play in some of the most beautiful places on Earth possess. The inherent narcissism and almost sociopathic disregard for other living things required to pull an animal out of its natural environment—and into another where it can’t breathe—all for the momentary “glory” of a photograph highlight exactly why our planet’s extinction rates are up to a thousand times higher than they would be if it weren’t for humans.
Or, as one commenter succinctly put it:
“How would he like to be gasping for air as people take pictures … Douche.”