Shark-Feeding Video Leads to Charges

Tour operators could get 60 days

Mar 25, 2014
Outside Magazine
Sharks fed water ocean

Sharks being fed    Fiona Ayerst/Getty Images

Just because you aren't in a zoo doesn't mean you can feed the animals.

Four men from two Florida dive companies are facing charges linked with illegally feeding sharks and fish. Working jointly with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recorded video of two divers feeding sharks by hand in state waters in early February. Both vessels' operators are also implicated in these charges.

"This is a public safety issue," the FWC's Camille Soverel said in a statement. "The FWC's Division of Law Enforcement wants to ensure these beautiful coastal waters remain safe for divers."

In a statement to CNN, diver Luis Jordan defended feeding sharks by hand, saying people don't need to fear sharks.

Feeding fish in Florida waters has been illegal since 2002. These second-degree misdemeanors could land the accused in jail for up to 60 days with a fine of up to $500.

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