Posted by: The ocean update | February 12, 2018

Hammerhead shark hooked, pulled onto Florida beach (USA)

Disturbing video shot last week by Leigh Cobb shows a dramatic scene on a beach just north of West Palm Beach.

February 12th, 2018 (Andrew Krietz). SINGER ISLAND, Fla. — If a hammerhead shark believed to have been caught by a group of fishermen is eventually confirmed dead, federal charges are possible.

Disturbing video shot last week by Leigh Cobb shows a dramatic scene on a beach just north of West Palm Beach : a great hammerhead shark surrounded by a group of people working to get a hook out of him.

“They can’t get the hook out … get him in the water!” screams Cobb from a boat just offshore. “Get him in the water!

Cobb, a diver of some 20-plus years and a National Geographic employee who has worked with hammerhead sharks, told CBS-affiliate WPEC she knows the type of line and hook the fishermen were using are meant to capture sharks.

An Instagram post shows the men using a bolt cutter to remove a metal rod from the shark’s mouth.

Hammerhead sharks are on the endangered species list, making such a catch a federal crime if it washes ashore dead. In Florida, it is illegal to hook a great hammerhead shark if it’s not returned to the water, according to the state’s Fish and Wildlife Commission.

There’s not a good chance it’ll survive, Cobb told the Palm Beach Post. Although the video is no more than a minute in length, Cobb said the men struggled with the shark for at least 45 minutes.

She’s heard at the end of the video, “Come on, sweetheart. Please swim.”

Officials with the Fish and Wildlife Commission said the incident had yet to be reported as of Sunday, the Post reports.

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