- A video of a dying hammerhead shark on the street is making rounds on the internet
- The Provincial Fisheries Regulatory Officer of Ilocos Norte confirmed that the video is real
As strange as it may seem, while some of us do not even know the species exists in the country and wonder how it ended up on the street, a video of a dying hammerhead shark is being shared on the internet.
The Provincial Fisheries Regulatory Officer of Ilocos Norte confirmed that the incident happened in the town of Currimao.
The video showed how the poor creature struggled on the street with visible scars and wounds on its skin.
While some onlookers were standing, the one taking the video moved the shark with his feet. It made the shark lying sideways and started to struggle even more.
According to GMA News, some residents captured the shark from the sea. The hammerhead shark, which is one of the country’s protected species eventually died.
According to the Facebook uploader Movement Against Plastic Pollution, the penalty for such acts if suspects were found guilty are:
- Upon a summary finding of administrative liability, the Department shall penalize the offender with a fine equivalent to three (3) times the value of the species or Three hundred thousand pesos (P300,000.00) to Three million pesos (P3,000,000.00), whichever is higher, and forfeiture of the species.
- Upon conviction by a court of law, the offender shall be punished by imprisonment of five (5) to eight (8) years and a fine equivalent to twice the administrative fine and forfeiture of the species.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is saddened by the video and is currently investigating the case.