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Shark stuns fisherman by giving birth

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Beachgoers were left astonished after a hammerhead shark gave birth to a litter of pups before their eyes at the water's edge.

A crowd had gathered on the beach in Florida after a fisherman hauled the five foot shark from the water and dragged it towards the sand.

As the creature thrashed around in the shallow water, onlookers spotted the tiny hammerhead pups wriggling in the sea.

http://www.dailymail...rida-beach.html

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cool to see baby sharks but once you saw the shark was giving birth you should probably stop man handling it. a bit cruel

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why pull it out of the sea and drag it on the shore, thea just stupid, no wonder it died.

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why pull it out of the sea and drag it on the shore, thea just stupid, no wonder it died.

fishing

noun (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sport of catching fish—freshwater or saltwater—typically with rod, line, and hook. Fishing is as old as the human ability to use tools to capture prey. The first significant modern innovations, including use of a reel, a rod with line guides, and a hook with an offset point, came in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Horsehair was used as line until the mid 19th century, when it was replaced by textile materials; these in turn were replaced by nylon in the 1930s. Wood and bamboo rods yielded to rods of fibreglass and other synthetic materials. Forms of sport fishing practiced today include fly fishing (freshwater), in which a fly-like hook is repeatedly cast upon the water surface to attract biting fish; bait fishing (fresh- and saltwater), in which live or artificial bait is set or drawn below the surface; and big-game fishing (saltwater), in which heavy-duty tackle is used to land large marine species (including tuna, marlin, and swordfish) from a motorized boat.

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These were not baby hammerheads. It's a male adult hammerhead and the smaller fish are Remoras, the suckerfish that can typically be seen on the underside of many large fish, like sharks.

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fishing

noun (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sport of catching fish—freshwater or saltwater—typically with rod, line, and hook.

I'm pretty sure it is illegal to lure sharks to a beach, to say nothing about actually dragging one ashore. This guy in the video is not fishing for sharks, he's being macho for all the beach bunnies.

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From the article...

Female hammerheads usually give birth to 20-40 live pups, which are about 70cm long as pups.

:lol:

Thanks for mentioning the Ramoras Child of Bast.

Edited by Junior Chubb

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I'm pretty sure it is illegal to lure sharks to a beach, to say nothing about actually dragging one ashore. This guy in the video is not fishing for sharks, he's being macho for all the beach bunnies.

Dude was fishing. He can't be responsible for what he catches. As the article states. they tried to return the shark to the ocean as soon as they realized what was happening.

Next time I'm at Bass Pro Shop, I'll ask them if they have any lures that catch all fish except sharks.

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Dude was fishing. He can't be responsible for what he catches.

You replied to a poster who asked "why pull it out of the sea and drag it on the shore, thea just stupid, no wonder it died."

Your response was, "fishing (noun).", which doesn't really answer the question. This is a non sequitur, since you're so keen on formal definitions.

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Whether he was fishing for sharks or something else isn't really the point. The point is that as usual, people are keen to spread stuff around the internet without really knowing what they're looking at. The story only came up because people believed the guy caught a shark - whether accidentally or on purpose - that was a female which suddenly gave birth.

And Rafterman's response to the question was perfectly logical. When people go fishing, they usually pull whatever they catch out of the water. Even if they're a catch and release fisherman like Jeremy Wade, the animal does come out of the water, if not completely then mostly.

There is nothing illegal about luring a shark to the shore. A lot of people fish for them on the beach rather than from a boat. There are plenty of websites about it.

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You replied to a poster who asked "why pull it out of the sea and drag it on the shore, thea just stupid, no wonder it died."

Your response was, "fishing (noun).", which doesn't really answer the question. This is a non sequitur, since you're so keen on formal definitions.

I don't know how you fish, but typically when folks catch a fish they remove it from the water. It's a little bit easier to get it into the skillet that way.

Edited by Rafterman

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Certain species of sharks frequent beaches very often. If you have ever swam at a beach you were most likely close to a shark at some time or another and just didn't know it. Bull sharks, certain species of hammerheads, blacktips, tiger sharks, and several other smaller species of coastal sharks cruise along beaches when their prey is abundant. The baitfish that frequent beaches lure sharks, not some guy fishing. That did appear to be a male hammerhead and the smaller fish did appear to be remoras, and not baby sharks. Baby hammerheads look very similar to adults, just smaller.

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I wonder what the fisherman did with the hammer head.... I hope he ate the whole thing.

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Don't know what they are, but they don't look like baby sharks to me.

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