A shark found in the swimming pool of a Hypoluxo condominium community was barely alive when it was rescued, said the woman who reported the incident and tried to save it.
Nicole Bonk was visiting friends at the Mariner’s Cay condo the week before last when she saw two boys carrying the five-foot blacktip shark, with hooks in its mouth, and dump it into the pool at around 11 p.m.
She and her husband pulled the shark out and carried it to the Intracoastal Waterway, where her husband held the shark by the tail in the water so it could try to flush out the chlorinated pool water. Then they released it.
“We tried to revive him but he mostly likely did not live,” she said. “He was barely moving after the trauma. We did our best to try to save this creature.”
“These two kids, they came back from fishing and threw this half-dead creature into the pool as a prank,” she said. “They left the shark in the pool to die. I think they’re terrible children because it’s animal cruelty.”
The wildlife commission is investigating the incident and attempting to find evidence from video security cameras around the pool.