You’re going to need a bigger float! Beachgoers panic as group of hammerhead sharks swarm into the shallows and circle under three women on a swim raft in Florida
- Three friends were floating on a lilo off the Florida coast when they saw a shark
- The hammerhead shark was spotted by beach goers in Pensacola, Florida
- Despite their fearsome looks hammerhead sharks are not a threat to humans
This is the frightening moment a group of hammerhead sharks swam up to a Florida beach and circled beachgoers, including three women on an inflatable raft.
Friends Lacey Faciane, Casie Thompson and Qyuston Eubanks were floating off the cast of Pensacola, Florida when they were surrounded by around seven sharks.
Thompson’s mother, Jacqueline Lesso, who was on a nearby boat, spotted the sharks’ dorsal fins appearing out of the water and began shooting the video.
Friends Lacey Faciane, Casie Thompson and Qyuston Eubanks were floating off the cast of Pensacola, Florida when they encountered the sharks
The hammerhead sharks were spotted near the beach over the Memorial Day weekend
The hammerheads swam among the boats as people waded in the knee- to waist-high water
In her footage the hammerheads can be seen swimming among the boats as people wade in the water.
A woman yells: ‘They’re coming in,’ as she counts up to four sharks and then stops. People can be heard shrieking and shouting in the background.
Faciane told Fox10 News: ‘One boater would yell “shark” and then the next group would yell “shark”, and that’s just kind of how it was. And so by the time they got to us, they were right up on us.
‘Usually you have to pay for that and we didn’t have to pay for that.
‘So, yes, it was an awesome experience. They were right up on the shore. I mean we were in at least knee, waist-deep water so they were right up on shore, and they just swam around the boat, and then left.’
Eubanks seemed less impressed with the encounter, which happened over the Memorial Day weekend.
Ms Faciane said: ‘One boater would yell “shark” and then the next group would yell “shark”, and that’s just kind of how it was. And so by the time they got to us, they were right up on us’
Despite their fearsome appearance, hammerhead sharks are not a threat to humans
She said: ‘I was like “Lord protect us! If it’s time for us to go, it’s time for us to go. Just protect us.” ‘
Thompson added: ‘It’s very rare to have a group of hammerheads just swim by you so it’s kind of a once in a lifetime kind of thing.’
The trio guessed the sharks were up to eight feet long.
Florida was top of the global list of shark attacks in 2020, with 16 attacks.
The US reported 33 unprovoked shark attacks last year, 58 per cent of the global total, according to the early World Shark Attack Summary released by The University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File (ISAF) in January.
However, despite their fearsome looks, hammerhead sharks are not considered a threat to humans. There have been no been a documented fatal attacks involving a hammerhead.
Hammerhead sharks have distinctively flat shaped heads which assist them with finding prey
Their wide-set eyes give them a better visual range than most sharks
They are found in temperate and tropical waters around the world and are known to swim both far out at sea and near coastlines
Hammerheads often seek out cooler waters in mass migration groups
They are gray-brown to olive-green in appearance and are easily identified by their extra tall and pointed dorsal fin
The sharks have an average lifespan of 20 to 30 years in the wild
Adult hammerheads can grow between four to six metres in size
Most hammerheads are fairly small and are considered harmless to humans
Source: National Geographic