A group of beach-goers bravely stepped in to rescue a hammerhead shark that swam ashore with a hook in its mouth.
Florida, United States of America – The beach-goers were caught off guard when the hammerhead swam onto the shore. They immediately noticed the hook stuck between its teeth and jumped into action to save the shark.
It took a lot of work, and the young beach-goers put their lives at risk to help the hammerhead, but they worked as a team and as quickly as possible to get the hook out and get the shark back in the water.
The great and the scalloped hammerheads are listed on the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) 2008 Red List as endangered, whereas the smalleye hammerhead is listed as vulnerable. The status given to these sharks is as a result of overfishing and demand for their fins, an expensive delicacy. Among others, scientists expressed their concern about the plight of the scalloped hammerhead at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Boston.
The video was captured by an unknown family who were vacationing in Florida at the time. Viral Hog posted the content but did not make mention of who the family are.
“We were vacationing and walking along the pier when we spotted this huge Hammerhead shark right on the shallow beach area where everyone was swimming.”
The National Geographic website states that sharks can stay out of water for a very short time, as long as their gills remain wet. It seems as though this hammerhead who made it’s way to the right beach when looking for help.
Watch the video below: