Hammerhead Shark Gives Birth To Pups On Florida Beach: Watch Astonishing Miracle On Video

By Danny Choy on August 13, 2013 1:54 PM EDT

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A hammerhead shark gives birth to a litter of pups before a crowd of onlookers at a Florida beach. (Photo: YouTube)

A hammerhead shark gave birth to a litter of pups on a Florida beach after a fisherman pulled the 5-foot shark from the water and pulled it onto the sand.

 

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A crowd gathered around the 5-foot mother as she desperately thrashed in shallow water. Suddenly, astonished onlookers saw tiny hammerhead pups emerge and wriggle into the sea. The fisherman tries to subdue the mother as her tail whips dangerously and threatens the life of her pups.

The incredible event occurred at Panama City Beach in Florida on Monday. According to marine biologists, hammerhead sharks swim to shallow waters in order to give birth to 20 to 40 hammerhead pups. Pups are typically 70 cm long.

Hammerhead shark pups are very independent and swim away from their mothers as soon as they are born. Further nourishment from the mother is not necessary and hammerhead pups do not have predators in shallow waters.

Onlookers on the beach tried to guide the hammerhead mother back into deeper waters. However, some witnesses reported that the hammerhead shark kept swimming towards the shore.

According to Kathy Hunt, a local resident that saw the shark on the beach, the mother behaved as if it were looking for a way to swim away from the beach. It thrashed around more as it found itself closer to the shoreline.

Park rangers tried to take control of the shark and guide it to deeper waters as well. Unfortunately, the mother hammerhead shark died at approximately 3 p.m. Monday.

Hammerhead sharks are typically found in shallow reefs in tropical seas worldwide. Hammerhead sharks are a smaller species and are considered largely harmless to humans. However, a hammerhead is known to attack when provoked.

Hammerhead sharks get their name from their distinct head shape, which allows the animal to have an unmatched field of vision. Hammerheads eat fish, squid, and crustaceans.

According to reports, hammerhead shark sightings have increased in Florida in the last two years.

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