Dead sharks dumped along Indian River

FWC: 3 sharks found at Kennedy Point Park in Brevard County

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Someone has been dumping sharks at a Titusville park on the Indian River, according to wildlife officials.

The fish kill hotline recently received a report about a possible wildlife violation at Kennedy Point Park in Titusville, hotline coordinator Cat Brown told News 6.

At least three sharks about 2 feet long each were dumped next to the Indian River. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission removed the sharks from the shore Thursday afternoon.

The three dead sharks will go to their lab where they'll determine what kind of sharks they are and how old they were, FWS officers said.


Officers said they can tell just looking at them they're not adults and, because they don't smell that bad yet, they know the sharks haven't been left here for too long.


Fishermen at Kennedy Point who spoke to News 6 Thursday were saddened by the news.


"It just shows that some people don't really care about them and they're just killing them just to kill them, not to eat them or for sport," said fisherman Alex Messer.


There is a limit of one shark per person, per day, according to recreational fishing regulations.


“If you don’t want them, you need to release them. Don’t just dump them on the shore to die,” a Brevard resident posted  Thursday on a Titusville Facebook group.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are seeking any information about the incident. People can call the fish kill hotline at 800-636-0511.

About the Authors:

James joined News 6 in March 2016 as the Brevard County Reporter. His arrival was the realization of a three-year effort to return to the state where his career began. James is from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.