Record Hammerhead Shark Caught Pregnant with 55 baby sharks
The recent hammershark that was caught and killed in Boca Grande Florida, weighed over 1200 pounds mainly because its stomach was filled with 55 baby hammerhead sharks.
“Although we are thankful that the fisherman gave this unique specimen to Mote, and we are learning a lot about this species from this large female shark, we were saddened to see so many unborn pups inside her so close to birth,” said Dr. Robert Hueter, director of Mote’s Center for Shark Research.
“We ask fishermen not to kill sharks for sport and to remember that shark populations have been severely depleted by overfishing. Very large sharks like this hammerhead are often pregnant females that help maintain the status of the species’ population into the future. We advocate release of these large sharks and the tagging of them whenever possible.”
If the fisherman would of known the shark was pregnant they said they would of made the clean release. This fish will be made into a fish replica and taxidermy mold.