U.S. animal rights group offers reward for info about who put shark in Florida pool
A blacktip shark, Carcharhinus limbatus, is shown in this March 2008 file photo in the Indian Ocean off Aliwal Shoal, South Africa. (Institute for Ocean Conservation Science / Matthew D. Potenski / AP Photo)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 4:04PM EST
HYPOLUXO, Fla. -- An animal rights group is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever dumped a live shark into the swimming pool at a South Florida condo complex.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced the reward Wednesday.
Florida wildlife officers responded to the Mariner's Cay condominium in Hypoluxo this month after a woman found a 5-foot blacktip shark in the pool.
The woman told officers she saw two young men running from the pool, which is located near the shoreline of the Intracoastal Waterway. The officers removed the shark from the pool and returned it to the ocean, but there's a good chance the shark later died from exposure to chlorine.
Blacktip sharks are among the most common species in coastal South Florida.