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Huge 11ft pregnant hammerhead shark washes up while eerie image shows unborn ‘pups’

Beachgoers stumbled upon the body of the 11-foot, 500-pound female shark at Pompano Beach last Wednesday morning

The massive hammerhead was removed from the beach by a construction crew
The massive hammerhead was removed from the beach by a construction crew

A giant hammerhead that washed ashore shocked beachgoers who stumbled over its corpse upon arriving at the beach.

Beachgoers stumbled upon the body of the 11-foot, 500-pound female shark on Pompano Beach in the area of ​​12th Avenue and 14th Street in southeast Florida last Wednesday morning.

A crowd gathered to watch as a construction crew with heavy equipment came in to remove the shark and used a bobcat to pull it out of the water.

Hannah Medd, founder of the American Shark Conservancy, tells CNN it was a “rather rare event”.







The ASH found a hook in the hammerhead’s mouth, suggesting it may have been caught and released by an angler
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“We get a call for maybe one to four a year that’s washed up again,” she said.

Pompano Beach resident Kevin Nosal said the crew brought a bobcat to move the shark and didn’t want it to slide back into the water.

“You never want to see an animal that big lying on the beach,” he lamented. “It’s a woman, so it’s always sad when a woman dies.”

An eerie image posted by the local shark conservation group showed the shark’s unborn pups spread out in the sand.







The shark’s unborn pups lie in the sand
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The shark was huge
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Ms Medd, whose team was subsequently called in to take samples, said the stranded creature, which weighed around 500 pounds, was pregnant.

During their inspection, the ASH found a hook in the hammerhead’s mouth, suggesting it may have been caught and released by an angler.

This could have caused the creature to succumb to shock and be washed ashore.







A crowd gathered on the Florida beach as the giant shark was removed
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“There is fishing line lodged in her gills and in previous images there was a large hook on the side of her mouth, suggesting she was likely involved in fishing,” Medd said Local 10 News .

“It [the death] possibly has to do with post-release mortality, which means the species is particularly stressed when caught, they fight really hard.”







Great hammerhead sharks are currently listed as critically endangered
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Catch and release fishing is currently legal in the state of Florida and is often viewed as a humane alternative to keeping the fish.

However, studies have shown that even if the angler practices proper technique when releasing the quarry, it often results in the same lethal consequences as catch-and-kill.

Great hammerhead sharks are considered critically endangered; a status inspired in part by the species’ vulnerability after capture and release.

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