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12-Foot Shark in Florida Caught Just Off Sanibel Island Beach

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By    |   Thursday, 09 November 2017 12:08 PM

Fishermen caught a 12-foot hammerhead shark just off the beach of Sanibel Island in Florida and then after taking some selfies with the monster they had to let it go.

Joe Pope and several of his friends were fishing offshore on Friday night when they reeled in the shark 100 yards from the beach, CBS News reported.

"Something just nailed one of our baits. As soon as we set into it, we just knew it was something huge," Pope said, per CBS News. "It's a fish of a lifetime when you get something like that."

According to Sharksider.com, a website dedicated to spreading awareness about sharks, it is rare for hammerheads to attack humans, with only three of the nine hammerhead species having ever bitten a person before.

Floridian beachgoers, however, were nervous to go into the water after learning about the shark.

"I may go out up to my knees tomorrow, that's it," said Jen Elkins, per CBS News.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said it is illegal to keep a hammerhead shark and Pope released the shark he caught after snapping a few photos.

The state of Florida has seen more shark attacks than all other U.S. states combined, NBC News reported.

Tracking Sharks, a website that offers live shark tracking, noted a majority of shark bites were clustered on the Eastern coast of Florida.

This is due to rough surf that creates limited visibility for sharks, the website noted and, combined with the increase of human activity in the waters, this leads to more negative interactions.

The website noted that, although the statistics may be intimidating, in reality the number of people entering the water was thousands of times larger than the number of shark attacks.

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Fishermen caught a 12-foot hammerhead shark just off the beach of Sanibel Island in Florida and then after taking some selfies with the monster they had to let it go.
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