By Rick Sallinger

MIAMI (CBS4) — Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission after posting a photo of himself with a hammerhead shark on social media, CBS4 confirmed.

Miller posted the photo of himself holding the bloodied shark by the tail on his Instagram story and it was shared by multiple media outlets.

Miller also posted video of the catch — and release — which was recorded and posted by TMZ.

“Here we go bring him up, bring him up,” is heard on a video posted on social media in which Miller and others appear on a guided fishing trip.

However, it’s not clear from the video whether the shark was alive or dead. It floats away on its side before disappearing under the water.

The boat captain told TMZ the 9½-foot hammerhead shark was the biggest hammerhead he’d seen all season.

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(credit: @vonmiller/Instagram)

It’s against the law in Florida to catch many species of sharks.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, reacted to the video.

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(credit: CBS)

PETA spokesperson Ashley Byrne told CBS4 investigator Rick Sallinger via Skype, “Catching and injuring and possibly killing a hammerhead shark and then prolonging the animal’s suffering and then gloating to take photos is cruel to animals, plain and simple, there is no excuse for that.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission authorities told CBS4 that photos are allowed only during the release of the shark.

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(credit: @vonmiller/Instagram)

“The FWC has received the images and video and is looking into whether or not a violation occurred in this incident,” Carol Lyn Parrish, the commission’s public information coordinator, said in an email to CBS4 reporter Rick Salinger.

The FWC website states that great hammerhead sharks are prohibited from being harvested in state waters.

Miller could be facing a second-degree misdemeanor which is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and 60 days in jail, the FWC confirmed to CBS4.

LINK: Florida Shark Regulations

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.

Comments (27)
  1. Can’t take a picture of the shark??? Someone’s 1st amendment rights are being violated. Now if the picture taken has delayed the release of the shark causing it’s death, that’s different……and very difficult to prove…

  2. I’d be more worried about his dogs. Someone go by his house and check on them.

  3. Sam Jones says:

    PETA–apparently they have nothing better to do.

  4. As a diver I can tell you since the outlawing of gill nets the shark population has exploded which is evidenced by the higher number of shark attacks in recent years. Typical liberal rhetoric

  5. Mark H Smith says:

    Ashley Byrne: There’s no need to have an excuse to kill, injure, eat or wear animals. That’s what they’re for, plain and simple.
    We humans are at the top of the food chain, so that’s how it goes. Do you not understand that all carnivores kill and eat other animals? Do you not understand that animals don’t know, and don’t care? Do you not realize that any study that you can site that gives human qualities to animals was done for the purpose of showing human qualities in animals?
    Get a freaking clue! They’re animals! They’re food!
    Excuse me while I go out and kill dinner…

  6. David Oldham says:

    PETA = people exterminating tame animals

  7. Why do you idiot news outlets constantly continue to give any credence to anything PETA has to say?!?! Simply pathetic!!

  8. I hope all those who condone the needless harm of animals get to comeback in the next live as an animal, if they already aren’t

  9. As a retired Sportfishing Guide, I have no problem with them bringing the shark into the boat for a quick photo or two.

    However, here it looks like they may not have gotten the shark back into the water as quickly as they should have. They also could have helped revive the shark by towing him slowly through the water to get the water through his gills so he could breathe.

    Hopefully the shark survived.

  10. David Kachel says:

    Years ago some silly lefty in my state legislature proposed a law banning the killing of rattlesnakes. We laughed until we couldn’t breath. THEY’RE SHARKS!!! And are hardly endangered and even if they are endangered, WHO CARES?!!!

  11. Randy Wolf says:

    PETA girl had a point until she said, “and then gloating about it…” . Proof they want it to be illegal to hurt their feelings.

  12. Joe Bone says:

    PETA is another loser organization. Filled with people who want to be self-important.

  13. Jason Abbott says:

    PETA kills animals by the dump truck load. hey are the most enthusiastic killers of animals on this earth, even going so far as to break into homes to steal and euthanize pets.

  14. Mark Smith says:

    It’s an effing shark. Kill them all!

  15. He should have caught that PETA freak instead and tortured and killed her!

  16. Captain and crew are ignorant a holes for keeping that shark out of water that long, Watch the end of video to see the shark do its death spiral to the bottom, that fish of 35 plus years is now dead because a stupid captain and crew did not want to speak up and not allow the tourists to keep a water breathing animal on deck for 5 minutes land until dead.

    Captain should have his license revoked and football players who are scared of the water and likely cant swim should stay on land and bash heads routinely against each others to increase brain stimulation, resulting in a higher enlightenment..

    1. Such liberal hogwash ! Get a life and spend some time worrying about people instead of sharks.

  17. Doug Day says:

    “only pictures of release”. Is that like a money shot?

  18. thecloakroom04 says:

    Really? He took photos of the shark? I wonder what the PETA Youtube shooter would have thought about this. Probably the same as the other loony PETA freaks.

  19. PETA freaks consistently show their hatred of Man (NOT sharks), who was made in the image of God

  20. Jocko James says:

    Come on.. it’s a shark… they’re good eating. It would have been wrong to kill it and not eat it.

    If anything, the Charter captain should be the one in trouble for not telling his customer that it was illegal.

    As for the PETA girl, I bet she has no problem with the 60+M innocent babies that have been sacrificed on the altars of convenience in this country.

  21. I cannot even believe this is really a thing. Poor Von. He is on a charter boat engaging in a wholesome activity with friends. Next thing you know, you’re a criminal. Can’t take a picture? Wut? (I get it — you don’t want to glorify senseless shark-killing, but that is NOT what is going on here). People… wake up! — before anything and everything you do has been criminalized.

  22. More liberal communists who want complete authority and control over other people’s lives. They even want to take control of our fishing trips, threatening with punitive measures for not controlling which fish takes your bait. Liberals prove time and time again that they will simply abuse any authority that you give them.

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