You need a bigger float! Beachgoers panic as a group of hammerhead sharks swell into the shallows and circle below three women on a Florida swim raft
- Three friends were floating on a lilo off the coast of Florida when they saw a shark
- The hammerhead shark was spotted by beachgoers in Pensacola, Florida
- Despite their terrifying appearance, hammerhead sharks pose no threat to humans
This is the terrifying moment when a group of hammerhead sharks swam to a Florida beach and circled the beachgoers, including three women on an inflatable raft.
Friends Lacey Faciane, Casie Thompson and Qyuston Eubanks were floating for the Pensacola, Florida cast when they were surrounded by about seven sharks.
Thompson’s mother, Jacqueline Lesso, who was on a nearby boat, saw the sharks’ dorsal fins come out of the water and began recording the video.
Friends Lacey Faciane, Casie Thompson and Qyuston Eubanks were floating for the Pensacola, Florida cast when they met the sharks
The hammerhead sharks were spotted off the beach over Memorial Day weekend
The hammerhead sharks swam between the boats as people waded into the knee-to-mid water
Her images show hammerhead sharks swimming between the boats while people wade in the water.
A woman yells, “They’re coming,” as she counts to four sharks and then stops. In the background people can be heard screaming and yelling.
Faciane told Fox10 News: “One skipper yelled ‘shark’ and the next group yelled ‘shark’, and that’s about it. And so by the time they got to us, they were right on us.
‘Usually you have to pay for that and we didn’t have to pay for that.
“So, yes, it was a great experience. They were right on the bank. I mean, we were in at least knee-, waist-deep water, so they were right on shore, and they just swam around the boat and then left.”
Eubanks seemed less impressed by the encounter, which took place over Memorial Day weekend.
Ms Faciane said: ‘One skipper shouted ‘shark’ and the next group shouted ‘shark’ and that’s about it. So by the time they got to us, they were right on us.”
Despite their terrifying appearance, hammerhead sharks pose no threat to humans
She said, “I was like, ‘Lord, protect us! When it’s time for us to go, it’s time for us to go. Just protect us.’ ‘
Thompson added: “It’s rare for a group of hammerhead sharks to just swim right past you, so it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
The trio suspected the sharks were up to six feet long.
Florida topped the global list of shark attacks in 2020, with 16 attacks.
The US reported 33 unprovoked shark attacks last year, 58 percent of the global total, according to the early World Shark Attack summary released in January by the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File (ISAF).
However, despite their fearsome appearance, hammerhead sharks are not considered a threat to humans. There have been no documented fatal attacks involving a hammerhead shark.
HAMMER HEAD SHARKS
Hammerhead sharks have distinctive flat heads that help them find prey
Their wide-set eyes give them a better range of vision than most sharks
They are found in temperate and tropical waters around the world and are known to swim both far out to sea and near shores
Hammerhead sharks often seek out cooler waters in mass migration groups
They look grey-brown to olive green and are easily identified by their extra long and pointed dorsal fin
The sharks have an average lifespan of 20 to 30 years in the wild
Adult hammerhead sharks can grow to between four and six metres
Most hammerhead sharks are quite small and are considered harmless to humans
Source: National Geographic