UPDATE: People in video showing shark being dragged behind boat charged

CNN - UPDATE:

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has charged three people in connection to a video of a shark being dragged behind a boat at high speed.

The charges resulted from a four-month long investigation into the video and other disturbing images on social media.

Michael Wenzel, of Palmetto, Florida, is charged with two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and one misdemeanor count of illegal method of take. Robert Lee Benac, of Bradenton, Florida, is also charged with two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and one misdemeanor count of illegal method of take. Spencer Heintz, of Palmetto, Florida, is also charged with two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty.

“We appreciate the patience and support of the public as our law enforcement investigators worked with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office to identify a number of serious violations that will be brought to the courts for adjudication. It is our hope these charges will send a clear message to others that this kind of behavior involving our fish and wildlife will not be tolerated,” said Commission Chairman Bo Rivard.

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UPDATE 07/26/2017 11:40 a.m.:

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released a statement Wednesday saying the people in the video have been identified.

In the statement, FWC also wants to thank the public for helping them find the people. At this time the agency will not released their names due to the ongoing investigation.

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Officials in Florida are investigating a video showing a shark being dragged by a boat.

The footage - posted on social media - shows the boat pulling the shark at a high speed.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told CNN it's unclear if any laws were broken.

But the agency wants to talk to the boaters responsible.

They're asking anyone who can identify the people in the video to call investigators.