Jason Momoa Infuriated After Fishermen Cut Off Shark's Fin
In a deep irony with World Environment Day celebration across the world, a video of two Icelandic fishermen cutting off a shark’s fin has lead to an online uproar. The disturbing footage shows two young fishermen mercilessly hacking off shark’s tail and throwing it back out into the water while shouting “Good luck trying to swim, you punk!”
The clip also shows the men who briefly turn the camera on themselves, showing the two laughing during the whole incident. Christel Ýr Johansen, the Facebook user who uploaded the video again after it was deleted, claimed that the person who posted the video originally turned off the comments because “no one would agree” with his actions. She urged her followers to distribute the video “at will” to draw as much attention to the incident as possible.
The comment section below the post was filled with disgust and many commenters calling for their arrest. “They should be sentenced for this,” one user commented on Johansen’s post. Another user wrote, “Let’s cut one of your feet to bleed out and watch. I am gonna laugh.”
DC’s Aquaman actor Jason Momoa took to social media to express his response to the incident.
In his post, Momoa wrote, “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 further added, “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 you said. This will change you and hopefully, you will save and protect I pray you to 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”
Bildsey SH65, the vessel owner, has called the incident a “horrendous event and “completely unjustifiable” in the same statement where they confirmed the two fishermen’s termination.
The shark has been identified as a Greenland shark; the world’s longest living vertebrate species. These sharks are gentle and do not harm humans, research has shown that these creatures can live as long as 400 years. Greenland shark is currently listed as ‘near threatened’ on the conservation scale.
The two fishermen have been on the receiving end of public anger and may face a legal consequence for their actions. If found guilty under Iceland’s animal cruelty laws, the pair could receive a hefty fine or even jail time. However, many doubt whether the wild fish fall under the legislation. Lawyer Árni Stefán Árnasson said, “If no laws cover this then they cannot be punished.” He further added, “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 grey area legally to see if this is punitive or not.”
There are many others who say justice is in sight. Þóra Jóhanna Jónasdóttir, Veterinary Officer for Pet Diseases and Animal Welfare at Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST), is of the view that exemptions to the cruelty laws apply only to traditional hunting and fishing and this incident doesn’t fall under any. “This is neither catching nor hunting. In my opinion, this is subject to the law,” she said. “A man does not hurt animals and lets go of it knowing that it will most likely be in pain and die in suffering.”
The case is under investigation and we only hope that justice is served. For more latest updates, follow Befazool Desi/Videshi.