The 22-year-old Chelsea and US males’s worldwide star, who has been spending the low season in Florida, was sitting on the sting of a ship doing kick-ups above the fish, which was hooked on a line beneath him as others filmed the stunt.
Pulisic then misplaced his steadiness and landed on prime of the fish, which may be seen flailing about within the water, earlier than he climbed again onto the boat.
It was not clear the place Pulisic was when the incident occurred, however within the Instagram put up, Pulisic tagged an account linked to BlacktipH, a fishing collective primarily based in Florida. His video was additionally retweeted from BlacktipH’s Twitter profile, with the caption, “Christian Pulisic residing on the sting.”
They additionally posted a video of Pulisic catching and releasing a shark from their Instagram web page.
The video, which went viral, was reposted by Blue Planet Society, which describes itself as “a self-funded, volunteer stress group campaigning to finish the overexploitation of the world’s ocean.”
“Abusing a threatened goliath grouper for a social media video is a brand new low,” the group tweeted in response to the video.
“We initially posted and commented on the video as a result of the goliath grouper is assessed as threatened by the IUCN Red List and guarded by legislation within the USA,” Blue Planet Society mentioned in an announcement to CNN.
“Animal abuse to draw consideration for social media movies seems to be on the rise. We consider strongly that individuals ought to be known as out for it — particularly when they’re as influential as Mr Pulisic.”
CNN has reached out to the footballer’s agent, to Chelsea FC, and to USMNT for remark.
Champions League winner Chelsea performs Europa League winner Villarreal within the UEFA Super Cup on August 11. Chelsea’s first Premier League is in opposition to Crystal Palace on August 14.