Men shoot fish and pour beer down a fish’s throat in videos that surfaced Monday from what is reportedly the same account that produced videos of a shark being shot and another being dragged behind a speeding powerboat.
The sparked international outrage, led to an investigation by the state wildlife commission and engulfed ’s reality show “Siesta Key” when one of the stars was accused of being involved. Angry comments on the show’s Facebook page call for a boycott.
In the , a man uses a handgun similar to the one in the shark-shooting video that surfaced last week. He fires six or seven shots into a fish on a line. Another video shows a fish being shot at night. Another shows a man pouring beer down a fish’s throat, although it appears the fish may be already dead.
Russ Rector, the animal rights activist who obtained the first videos, said the new ones came from the same deleted Instagram account. He said they were provided to him by a “concerned citizen that wants to see justice done.”
“Any professional fisherman will tell you that’s not right and so will any sportfisherman,” he said. “He’s just using the fish as a target. He shoots it four or five times, and it’s twitching back and forth because it’s dying. What this shows is a callous disregard for the environment, for wildlife and for themselves.”
“Siesta Key” star Alex Kompothecras has been widely accused in press and social media accounts of being the man in the red cap who fired a handgun at point-blank range into the gills of a hammerhead shark and then leans back and grins.
The Bradenton Herald reported last week that the man who shot the shark appeared to be wearing the same Make America Great Again hat and long-sleeved gray shirt as a since-deleted Instagram and Facebook photo of Kompothecras posing with a dead hammerhead shark.
Kompothecras is friends with Michael Wenzel, a Palmetto man identified in press reports as one of three men on a speeding boat that dragged a shark through the water.
Kompothecras denied being involved in the dragging incident but has made no statements on the shooting of the hammerhead. In an interview last week with People magazine, he acknowledged deleting a video from his Instagram account of a man shooting a shark in the in the water, along with other images of himself standing near deer and alligators he had legally killed while hunting.
“There are images of me and I feel horrible,” he told People. “I am embarrassed and it won’t happen again.”