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Report: MTV 'Siesta Key' star suspected of shooting hammerhead (w/video)

The man in a video shooting a hammerhead shark appears to be Alex Kompothecras of MTV's "Siesta Key." [Image from Facebook video]
The man in a video shooting a hammerhead shark appears to be Alex Kompothecras of MTV's "Siesta Key." [Image from Facebook video]
Published Aug. 7, 2017

BRADENTON — Florida wildlife officials are investigating a video that appears to show an MTV reality star shooting a hammerhead shark off the side of a boat.

The Bradenton Herald reports the video has been widely shared on social media.

The newspaper says the man shooting the shark appears to be Alex Kompothecras of MTV's Siesta Key. He was pictured previously wearing the same red "Make America Great Again" hat and clothes while posing with a dead hammerhead in a social media post.

Kompothecras apologized and deleted a video of a shark being shot from his social media accounts, telling People magazine he "would not make those decisions again."

It's illegal to shoot sharks in Florida waters.

"There are images of me and I feel horrible," Kompothecras told People. "I am embarrassed and it won't happen again."

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The shark shooting video comes close on the heels of a separate viral video showing a shark being dragged behind a boat. Kompothecras and MTV have said that he was not one of the four men on that boat being investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Still, Kompothecras and the cable network received criticism after Kompothecras admitted in an online post that he was friends with one of those men, and a Siesta Key premiere in Sarasota was canceled after the cast received death threats.

Kompothecras is at the center of the MTV reality series. His father, Dr. Gary Kompothecras of 1-800-Ask-Gary fame, is an executive producer on the show.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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