Four workers with Florida dive boat companies were charged with feeding sharks, a practice banned in 2002 that dive boats engage in to lure the big sharks their customers like to see.
Undercover sheriff's deputies posed as tourists and went on dives with Emerald Charters of Jupiter and Calypso Dive Charters of Lake Park, according to a news release Thursday from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
They took video of dive leaders feeding sharks by hand and shaking milk crates full of barracuda chunks to lure them in.
"This is a public safety issue," said FWC Maj. Camille Soverel, in a statement. "The FWC's Division of Law Enforcement wants to ensure these beautiful coastal waters remain safe for divers."