Shotgun shark kid apologizes and says ‘I love animals’ after revealing the fish was ALIVE for video
He’s not even in a frat
A Florida student has apologized for using a live shark to open a beer while on Spring Break.
The fish, which was alive at the time of filming, was held by the neck with its mouth propped open as Giorgio hit the can against its teeth.
Within hours of posting the video went viral, with news site after news site referring to him as an “idiot frat boy”, commenters calling for him to be exposed to a shark attack “that rips off all his limbs” and for him to be expelled from his university.
The student, originally from Brazil, is not a member of a fraternity as they are prohibited at Flagler College where he is currently a junior.
His profile as a student tennis coach on the Flagler website was removed earlier today, but the school has yet to comment on whether he was removed from his position.
Yesterday, he surfaced on social media to post an apology in which he said “I love animals” and that he was “disgusted” by the video.
“For those who sadly have seen my video online, I apologize. In afterthought I realize it was a horrible thing to have done and just as bad to post it. I am not recommending or incentivizing anybody else to do such a thing. Shortly after it was posted, I realized it was not a kind act or smart idea in any way. The truth which people posting were not aware of, is that we were fishing on the beach and happened to catch this shark.
“Seconds after it was pulled out of the water, I opened the beer on its tooth, which I know in after sight was a stupid and unkind move to make. The video, which is nine seconds long, was how long we had the shark on the sand, until it was put back into the water where it belongs. I know it may not seem like it, but I love animals and have pets at home. It seemed relatively harmless to me at the moment it happened, but looking back on my actions, I deeply regret having done it, and I don’t want anyone thinking it is okay.
“Some things you think about doing are better left undone, and this was definitely one of them. Once again, sorry to those, who like me, love nature and were shocked/disgusted by this video.
“The reasons I temporarily removed myself from social media was due to the terrible messages I was receiving. Please be forgiving, I’ve learned some valuable lessons from this. People make mistakes. That’s why there are erasers at the end of every pencil.”
But his friends have stuck by him, with one of them telling The Tab he didn’t really understand the fuss.
He said: “Everything about the video was humane. It wasn’t hurt at all, catching the shark does more damage to it than what he did.”
In a statement, PETA said: “Shame on these cruel cowards for this grotesque stunt. Under no circumstances should any majestic wild animal be hauled out of his ocean home to suffocate for a selfie or for some fool to shotgun a beer.”
Flagler College has been reached for comment.