Georgian Man Allegedly Grabs Hammerhead Shark, Repeatedly Punches It, Takes Picture Of Child On It, and Leaves It To Die . . . But Is Only Charged With Misdemeanor

240px-hammerhead_sharkWe have previously discussed outrageous acts by people passing around dolphins or other sea creatures for selfies — only to kill the animals (here and here and here). The latest alleged moron is Granger Ray Wooten, 21, who is accused of beaching a hammerhead shark, repeatedly punching it, and then taking photos of it.

Witnesses say that Wooten dragged a hammerhead shark out the water near the pier in St Andrews State Park in Florida on the evening of October 24. He was seen punching the shark in its gills. He and another male reportedly then sat a 4-year old boy on the shark for a photo opportunity. The shark was later found dead.

It is a truly horrific account. Wooten later reportedly said that he was merely punching the shark in an attempt to revive the animal. The officers said that he claimed to be trying to get air into the lungs of the shark to save — a questionable excuse since sharks do not have lungs. It is also not clear how the photos with the kids on top of the shark was meant to be therapeutic.

Wooten from Lafayette, Georgia has been charged with the offense of killing the hammerhead shark. As disgusting as this alleged crime may have been, it is clear only a misdemeanor which shows the utter lack of deterrence for such violence against saline. It is not clear why the other man was not charged.

It is obviously illegal to harvest, land, or kill hammerhead sharks, which are listed as endangered under the IUCN Red List.

22 thoughts on “Georgian Man Allegedly Grabs Hammerhead Shark, Repeatedly Punches It, Takes Picture Of Child On It, and Leaves It To Die . . . But Is Only Charged With Misdemeanor

    • No. What completes the picture is the cigarette in his hand. Dumb smoker. The sentence should be to throw him into a pool of sharks at marine land with an anchor on his foot and a cigarette up his…

  1. Is this “horrific” because the animal was “obviously” on an endangered species list, or for the actions themselves? If the latter, then why was it horrific? Do sharks have rights like humans do, and if so, why and how? If not, then why do you care so passionately about this shark’s death? Nothing in the ocean dies of old age.

    • “If the latter, then why was it horrific? Do sharks have rights like humans do, and if so, why and how?”

      Why would you think the victim of a horrific act has to have the same rights that humans have?

      You might convince me that a lack consciousness in the victim prevents the act from being horrific. But I don’t see that right have any thing to do with the concept of horrific.

      To paraphrase William Munny to little Bill ‘right’s got nothin’ to do with it’.

    • The problem is not that an animal or a human dies. The problem is that some men gleefully enjoy killing, maiming, and torturing others.

  2. He clearly did not know it was endangered, since he did not know sharks have lungs. Ignorance will be his excuse. “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” from WKRP Thanksgiving show.

  3. Please do not refer to such a creature of the homo sapien species as a “moron.” This is an insult to morons, who suffer from mental impairments but are not necessarily cruel, heartless, or careless. The correct biological name for this subspecies is “ultrasubcretinoid” and such an individual would be called an “ultrasubcretin.” Please also note that cretins are also not necessarily cruel, heartless, or careless; hence the “sub,” indicating below a cretin, and the “ultra,” indicating that the creature is far, far below a cretin as an earthly species. Thank you.

  4. At this point he is charged with catching the shark which is a misdemeanor.
    He may be charged with cruelty to animals later.
    With the social media uproar and international news media attention it is quite likely that cruelty charges will be added and he’ll be looking at felonies.

    Maybe even child endangerment charges, kidnapping if the kid wasn’t his, and a whole slew of other charges.

  5. As disgusting as this alleged crime may have been, it is clear only a misdemeanor which shows the utter lack of deterrence for such violence against saline. It is not clear why the other man was not charged.

    Does there really need to be a deterent?

    What reasonable person would jump into the ocean in order to punch a shark and then pull it out onto the beach so he can take the picture of a four year old child riding it?

    The alleged moron is Granger Ray Wooten who is in serious need of a mental health check-up.

    Granger Ray Wooten is a potential future Darwin Awards canidate.

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