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Video shot this weekend shows what looks to be a group of people pulling a hammerhead shark from the water near Singer Island
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials say that while shark fishing is legal in the state, hammerheads are on the banned list.
Video shot this weekend shows what looks to be a group of people pulling a hammerhead shark from the water near Singer Island – a scene that had the person shooting the video furious.
Leigh Cobb, who tags and tracks sharks, told NBC affiliate WPTV she saw the group formed around the animal – and noticed it was a hammerhead when she moved closer.
"You know on a public beach, 9:30 in the morning we are seeing a shark blood baited to come close to the water and then drag it onto the beach," she said. "It was just I couldn't believe what I was seeing."
Cobb said the group eventually put the shark back in the water, but not before posing the animal for photos and videos. Cobb says the group baited the shark to shore by placing fish blood and oil in a bottle and releasing it not far from land.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say that while shark fishing is legal in the state, hammerheads are on the list of types that cannot be fished for. FWC says you should keep a shark’s body, especially its gills, in the water and never bring a large shark onto a vessel or dry land.