“Aquaman” star Jason Momoa expressed his anger over a viral video showing two men cutting off a shark’s tail off the coast of Greenland and laughing at the animal’s suffering.
Footage of the incident, shared by Facebook user Christel Ýr Johansen
, shows the two fishermen, identified as Halldór Gústaf and Gunnar Þór, cutting off the tail of a Greenland shark and laughing it off as they throw the animal back into the water, according to Greenworld Warriors
(Warning: Disturbing Video)
In the clip, the two men from Iceland can be heard saying “good luck trying to swim, you punk!”
According to Bored Panda
, the shark might have been trapped on the commercial fishing line and instead of setting it free, the men decided to cut its tail off and let it suffer as it swam away bleeding.
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Many people were sickened, including Momoa who took to Instagram to call out the two men.
“And there you are……it sucks to see that you are probably good men friends providers fathers but you f**king did this. Your life will forever change I have never in my life seen something so cruel,” he wrote on the social media platform. “Your laugh makes me furious never have I wanted to hurt a human as much as I did when I heard your laugh and what u said. This will change you and hopefully you will save and protect I pray you find redemption. we all make mistakes but what u did was evil PURE EVIL. You will get what that shark got. F**K YOU j.”
The two men could reportedly face a hefty fine or jail time if they are found guilty under Iceland’s animal cruelty laws.
But there are doubts if the gentle Greenland shark, which is considered the world’s longest living vertebrate and currently listed as “near threatened
,” is under such legislation.
“If no law covers this then they cannot be punished,”
lawyer Árni Stefán Árnasson said in an interview with Icelandic news outlet RUV
via Bored Panda. “This is a difficult matter because when the laws were drafted certain species of animals were excluded, including all the wild fish. So it’s a gray area legally to see if this is punitive or not.”
However, the company where the men work has already condemned their actions and immediately terminated their contract.
“We owners and shipowners Bíldseyar SH 65 disgrace and condemn the horrendous event that occurred in a video that accompanies DV’s news today,”
the company wrote in the statement
. “So far, we have tried to adopt good working practices and responsible handling of the resource and the environment in general. This event is completely unjustifiable and those who were there for work have no claim. We have no choice but to reject further work by people who demonstrate such behavior.”