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Man films hammerhead shark as it approaches Florida beach

Hammerhead Shark Approaches Shore

Swimmers on Navarre beach, Florida, were recently taken aback when a hammerhead shark swam right up to the shore.

Dan Flynn had been fishing on a nearby pier with his stepson when he spotted the huge animal approaching, and he quickly began to film.

WEAR-TV reports that "panic set in" when crowds noticed the 6.5-foot shark. Lifeguard Colton Boney told WEAR that it "didn't help that the fin was out of the water.

Boney explains that a woman had fallen off a raft into the water, and it seemed the shark was going right for her. Luckily, it didn't seem interested in humans, and swam for about 15 minutes before heading for deeper water. "It's interesting, I never thought I'd be charged by a shark," Boney said. WEAR-TV reports that after just under two hours, beachgoers were allowed back in the water.

Though it was a pretty frightening sight, filmer Dann Flynn added a bit of levity to the situation, joking that perhaps the shark just wanted a cool drink.

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tmccull52 August 01 2014 at 10:21 AM

What an asswipe the guy in the blue shorts is. The shark is struggling to get back into the water... gives birth to several pups in the process... and he keeps it from returning to the ocean. I can only pray that a bull shark bites his nuts off some day.

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Diane Mercadante August 01 2014 at 10:15 AM

Hopefully he let the shark go before it was too late. What was he trying to prove? And weren't there babies also? I think that is just cruel!!!

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emvanriper August 01 2014 at 11:08 AM

Leave the shark alone. This was terribly cruel. The shark cannot breathe outside the water. It is horrible that he was pulled onto the beach to "entertain" the beachgoers. Absolutely disgusting. We need to respect our wildlife. They are not playthings or on this planet for our entertainment.

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Elaine August 01 2014 at 9:58 AM

Why is that guy Grabbing her...???!!!
(she & her babies should have been pushed Back!!!)

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cyberbeano Elaine August 01 2014 at 11:07 AM

we humans don't have the right to treat animals as valueless.

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Jacquelyn Elaine August 01 2014 at 4:21 PM

LOL ... she & her babies ... those weren't babies ... they were scavenger fish that follow shark and feed off "left overs"

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MagnaAngemon Jacquelyn August 01 2014 at 9:34 PM

Yes "scavenger fish" coming out of the shark's ho-ha. LMAO a female who doesn't recognize birth.

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f94usaffishma Jacquelyn August 01 2014 at 11:54 PM

sorry jac, but they are hers. i dont think "cleaner fish" would committ suicide by following her onto the beach

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sunnynflorida80 August 01 2014 at 10:41 AM

My question is why in the hell are they grabbing that shark on shore....and keeping her there! Pisses me off, Yes holy crap it's a shark, I live in florida see them all the time, move out of their way they will eventually go away....and she had babies, that guy was torturing her by not letting her go back out to sea....Unbelievable!

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zenh2o August 01 2014 at 12:13 PM

People suck...this is terrible to stress out an animal like that, frigin people just suck and have no mind or heart. Ok the first time hauling it out so the excitement of seeing a beautiful animal, but to continue to harass it and stress it unconscionable. It's 2014 have you missed the boat? Stop animal cruelty/

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hey August 01 2014 at 9:37 AM

how dare that shark swim in the ocean

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iriemon203 hey August 01 2014 at 7:10 PM

Put down your tuna fish sandwich and STFU ! Shark is good eating.
BTW...those aren't babies. They are ramora, a trash eating scavenger fish that clings to the shark for handouts. Sort of like a liberal.

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f94usaffishma iriemon203 August 02 2014 at 12:00 AM

sorry friend, those are hers, remoroa are some what larger and have a round sucker on top of head. they cling to the underside of the fish

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Ron iriemon203 August 02 2014 at 2:41 AM

Coming from a true ignorant Republican. Do you actually ever have anything intelligent to say or is your mouths so dumb that it doesnt know any better?

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Mike August 01 2014 at 9:38 AM

Sharks only eat stupid people. That's why Florida has so many sightings.

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newlu4inxs August 01 2014 at 6:36 PM

So did the shark get back to sea after this idiot pulled the shark out and pushed the shark's face into the sand? I can't stand when people are so mean! Why didn't anyone stop him from harassing the shark?

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Hey Charlie newlu4inxs August 01 2014 at 10:07 PM

They were being entertained. Mob mentality. They were hoping to see the shark grab the guys arm and rip it off like on TV.

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paulatkinson22 August 01 2014 at 12:13 PM

Since when is six and half feet huge? I've dove with sharks 3 times that length. 18 feet is huge.

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forrestpower paulatkinson22 August 01 2014 at 1:03 PM

You talk like you routinely dive with sharks that are about 20' feet long. I'm calling you out because I've dived in some of the most remote areas of the world and there is nothing routine about sharks that size. One rarely spots them because. sharks that large are rare and most of those other than the Whale shark are the apex predators like the Great White. To novices a 6 foot shark is very large.

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