Friday, August 1, 2014

Video: Hammerhead Shark Approaches Swimmers in Florida and Creates Panic with Onlookers

Hammerhead nears swimmers in Florida
It appears to be rather common this time of year to see hammerhead sharks approaching close to shore at gulf coast beaches while in search of food.  Of course when they do near shore, there is a good probability that there will be swimmers nearby.

This hammerhead was spotted from the Naverre fishing pier (east of Pensacola, Florida) and it created quite a panic with onlookers as the shark approached some swimmers.  Contrary to the onlookers, the swimmers didn't seem nearly as concerned. As for Mr. Shark, it appeared not to be at all interested in the activities of the swimmers.

We should note that according to the ISAF, hammerheads have been linked to only 17 worldwide unprovoked attacks since 1580 and there have been zero fatalities.

According to various accounts, the shark was somewhere between 6 to 10 feet, depending on who you listen to.  The three part video was posted by Outdoors360 on Youtube.
Photo is screenshot.