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Hammerhead Shark Spooks Swimmers on Florida Beach With Close Encounter

By    |   Friday, 01 Aug 2014 09:56 AM

A hammerhead shark spooked swimmers at Navarre Beach in the Florida panhandle Tuesday as beachgoers raced out of the water to avoid the toothy predator.

Colton Boney, a lifeguard at Navarre Beach near Pensacola, told WEAR-TV that the shark was about six and a half feet but luckily no one was harmed.

"A lady on the west side of the pier had fallen off her float and was in water where she couldn't touch [the float]," Boney told the television station, adding that he then jumped into the water to help. "I never thought I'd be charged by a shark. The shark kept coming up so I put myself between her and the shark."

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Boney told the television station that he eventually got the woman out of the water. He said the shark swam in the area for about 15 minutes before disappearing and people then slowly returned to the water.

One beachgoer, Dan Flynn, from Philadelphia, recorded an aerial video of the incident and posted it on his Facebook page.

 


While hammerhead sharks look menacing enough, statistics from the International Shark Attack File list just 17 non-provoked attacks on humans between 1580 and 2013, none of which were fatal.

Hammerhead sharks use their unusual, wide-set eyes to track prey, giving the animals a better visual range than average sharks, according to National Geographic. There are nine different species of hammerhead sharks, and the largest — the great hammerhead — can grow up to 20 feet in length and more than 1,000 pounds.

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