Charges formally filed in Brevard County shark beating caught on camera

Brian Waddill faces two misdemeanors

Video from Harbour House in Indian Harbour Beach shows a shark being beaten with a hammer. (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

ORLANDO, Fla. – A man is now facing criminal charges, accused of beating a shark with a hammer in Indian Harbour Beach last December.

The state attorney’s office filed formal charges against Brian Waddill, 33, last week.

Waddill is facing a charge of violating restrictions on possession of prohibited species, failure to return it unharmed, and a charge of violating the prohibition against harvesting of sharks, which are second-degree misdemeanors.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Indian Harbour Beach police say Waddill caught a lemon shark on Dec. 20 at Bicentennial Beach Park.

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Video shows a man, presumed to be Waddill, hitting the shark in the head with a hammer repeatedly. The shark was then dragged back into the ocean.

It’s not known yet what punishment the charges against Waddill will carry.

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