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Exclusive! Necropsy Photos Released from World Record Pregnant Hammerhead Shark

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MIAMI, Florida -- has obtained photographs from the necropsy of the world-record great hammerhead shark caught by a recreational fishermen in May off Boca Grande, Florida. The necropsy was performed by scientists at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida.

The results from the necrospys follows:

The shark was measured at 14 feet long and 1,280 pounds, with its hammer measuring more than 3 feet across. The great hammerhead, Sphyrna mokarran, was found to have 55 shark pups, including 52 that were nearly full-term and three that were undeveloped. That represents the largest litter of pups ever found in a great hammerhead shark and scientists at Mote believe this shark was just days away from giving birth. Experts previously believed that great hammerheads gave birth to 20 to 40 pups at a time, so the information gathered from this shark is new knowledge about the species. By comparison, whale sharks – the biggest fish in the ocean – give birth to about 300 pups at a time and smaller sharks give birth to two to 10 pups at a time.

Other notable findings from the necropsy:

  • The hammerhead’s reproductive tract weighed nearly 250 pounds
  • Her stomach contained a whole southern stingray, believed to be the fisherman’s bait, and the rear half of an approximately 5-foot-long tarpon, in addition to numerous tarpon scales. The shark also had a small fishing hook inside her stomach.
  • Her liver weighed more than 100 pounds.
  • Some of the pups are being saved for future study and scientists have taken samples to be analyzed for genetic makeup. The samples will provide information about the number of males that fathered the pups.

While the status of great hammerheads in the wild is uncertain – and it is legal to harvest them experts believe their populations are depleted due to fishing pressure and habitat loss.

"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." The shark carcass has been moved to Ocean Creations in Dover, Fla., where owner Steve Brancati will take a plaster cast for mounting. A full cast will be made and an educational exhibit about sharks and their status will be created at Mote Aquarium. Mote expects the shark display to go up in the fall.

Reader Comments

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This must be the most sad news I red this year so far. Over 50 hammerheads killed in one time, and just for fun. Please, ban shark fishing now!
   comment# 1   - Annika Wasstrom · Egypt, Hurghada · Oct 26, 2006 @ 10:05am

It's a disgrace I just feel so sad for this shark and all other sharks that are caught and killed for fun and for their fins.
   comment# 2   - Håkan Eriksson · Sweden · Oct 31, 2006 @ 11:35am

What a pathetic waste. To purposely take an animal, such as this pregnant female shark, from it's enviroment and kill it for basically no reason is unbelievable. Then to have the audacity to term the killing of this creature and her pups as "sport", totally enrages me. You want sport? Get in the water with this animal, and see who emerges victorious in a fairer "contest". I can assure you it won't be the sport fisherman. This article and the subsequent necropsy photos of this unnecessary killing makes me even more adamantly against "sport" fishermen and "sport" hunters. I will continue to vote and lobby against irresponsible and ignorant individuals who think they have the right to harm wildlife for sport. I sincerely hope these idiots had a memorable time when they killed this animal and her pups, because published incidents of this type are going to rouse the public to ban this activity.
   comment# 3   - Deb Conner · Tennyson, IN U.S. · Nov 4, 2006 @ 10:14pm

I was born in Florida. I grew up in the Keys and on boats.It never fails to suprise me that humans that should love the water, believe that we are superior to everything.That our egos are worth more than something that has lived as long or more than we have( excess of 40 or more years).It takes much more intelligence than these people are capable of to understand this.Example: This guy has spent 10 years of his life just doing this "being a BIG Shark Hunter" imagine if he had worked this hard at doing something to benefit the world. What he would have accomplished?..... A Picture is truly worth a Thousand Words....
   comment# 4   - M. D. · Fort Myers, FL - USA · Nov 14, 2006 @ 1:33pm

I know that humans feel the need to do these kinds of things for research purposes, but to see all of those beautiful creatures killed is really saddening. I wish somehow we could find a better way to satisfy our craving for entertainment or research, which ever one this masacre was for.
   comment# 5   - Alyssia · Racine, WI · Nov 18, 2006 @ 11:10pm

I think what you do to the sharks is great, kill them all!!!!
   comment# 6   - Anthony · florida · Nov 22, 2006 @ 7:47am

leave the sharks alone, what was the reason for killing the shark. Thats not right.
   comment# 7   - shantee · orlando · Nov 22, 2006 @ 7:48am

What you guys are doing to the animals is bad real bad they have the right to live just like us and have babies just like us!!!! SO SHAME ON YOU!!!!
   comment# 8   - Ashley · orlando, florida · Nov 22, 2006 @ 7:52am

Disgusting!! The fisherman should be ashamed of their actions.
   comment# 9   - Gerry · UK · Nov 25, 2006 @ 2:19pm

The only thing these animals should be shot with is a camera...
   comment# 10   - Jay · Australia · Nov 27, 2006 @ 6:07am

And not a single one of them will live to help the species carry on with all of our human based pressures. Congratulations to the murderers.
   comment# 11   - Dave · Kent, UK · Nov 27, 2006 @ 6:49am

Hey everyone thinks sharks are so bad, but the people saying this are people who live no where near sharks. ya'll see this a horrible thing. ya'll don't understand that sharks do kill people , not on purpose but accidents happen. so you remember that when you get in the water , and you get bit by a shark. Peace Im a Fisherman Wooooo!!!!
   comment# 12   - Chase · Tallahassee · Nov 27, 2006 @ 3:01pm

I have a comment for Chase.. Last time I checked people where not born with gills. And if someone for whatever reason feels obligated to go into a habitat they do not belong in then you get what you deserve. Why anyone wants to get in the water with things that consider you as part of their food chain is beyond me. And last time I checked Tallahassee isnt that close to shark water. I agree the others who are commenting about the ridiculousness and wastefulness of this act dont live anywhere near shark waters but last time I checked common sense and compassion for ones enviroment was not exclusive to coastal people. go back to bass fishing
   comment# 13   - SUSAN · Miramar, FL Us · Nov 30, 2006 @ 10:48am

One has to agree with Susan. You go into the woods and accept and acknowledge that it is a wild animals territory and domain in which it will fight for its self-preservation. Yet, people believe it is their right to enter the ocean or other form of water and swim at their leisure and not be accounted for their actions. The ocean is the same as the forest, it is another animals home and territory, people need to acknowledge that they are putting themselves in danger and need to respect the animals that inhabit it. To enter the ocean is a priviledge, not a right.
   comment# 14   - JESSICA · Citrus Heights, CA · Dec 9, 2006 @ 1:22pm

I agree and what an hick Chase seems to be! These creatures are majestic, gentle and account for very few shark attacks on humans. Big game fisherman have obviously got very small penises to have to partake in the "sport" for kicks.
   comment# 15   - Kate · Brighton, UK · Dec 21, 2006 @ 2:41am

There should be some of fine put in place for people that commit these sorts of attrocities.
   comment# 16   - Tami · Cinci, OH · Dec 31, 2006 @ 12:03pm

I do not have a problem with people fishing, as long as they stay within the lines drawn by the Law. However, with that said, I have to also add that I am saddened by our human inability to use TEMPERANCE and LOGIC. I am also sad to see such egotistical and GREEDY decisions made without lack of judgement and reason. Even if the law allows fishermen to catch these sharks, there is a reason why this creature survived so long....but, all that now GONE just so that someone can say they caught the largest hammerhead shark? How distressing is THAT? This story has disheartened me, but it just goes to prove what I already know, people are selfish, greedy, and egotistical beyond belief.
   comment# 17   - Vergy · Hobe Sound, FL · Jan 8, 2007 @ 12:43pm

All I can say is I am absolutely disgusted and sometimes you feel ashamed to be a human. Ban Sharkfishing!!
   comment# 18   - David Schutzer · UK · Jan 11, 2007 @ 5:45am

Although I am a sportsman myself (I hunt and Fish), I am saddened by this harvest. I have found it unnecessary to harvest animals for "trophies" only, but I do understand that during the capture of this shark and other animals like this, mortality occurs during the "capture" phase of the hunt. Although it is our God given right to hunt and kill animals, we should all (especially sportsmen) act in a prudent manner to insure that we do not deplete or exhaust natures bounty. "IF" this shark was captured for a trophy only...shame on you! If, what a catch! That having been said, I hope that some knowledge can be gleened from this, in order to better our understanding, and better protect the species, for the future.
   comment# 19   - Ed Lack · Ft. Worth, Texas. U.S.A. · Jan 24, 2007 @ 4:01pm

All of the comments I've read on this are relevant to those who wrote them. It's difficult to convince someone of wrong doings. Sharks are wonderful, amazing creatures. I myself am a shark lover but in all reality we as people can't ban shark fishing. I for one am not a fan of sport fishing of any kind of fish. Or hunting anything for sport. But if we start banning shark killing where we draw the line. Is not killing sharks more important than any other. All animals are endanger because of humans. More animals are killed by humans in one day than humans by animals. Reality says preserve when we can. I say preserve always. People want to kill sharks so they fell safe in the water. I say stay out of the water if your worried about it. If a shark walk up to your house and coms on in, feel free to kill it then. All animals can be and eventually will be hunted to the point of extinction if we don't protect them. Our survival depends on the survival of all animal species.
   comment# 20   - Katie · oregon USA · Jan 31, 2007 @ 3:13pm

you should leave the sharks alone so leave them in the wild!!!!
   comment# 21   - noname · nocity · Feb 1, 2007 @ 3:17pm

i dont like sharks but i think its sad that the baby sharks didnt get a chance to live. i think that they should try to help pregnet sharks that are about to have babies not kill them. if the mother was already dead then its ok but other than that leave the pregnant female sharks alone!!!
   comment# 22   - Angel · Texas · Feb 2, 2007 @ 4:18pm

Okay...I have read all of these posts and 1/2 way agree, but I see a huge problem with some. Yes, the harvest of this animal, with her young, if only for "sport" is wrong...for sure. But a few post suggest that we ban all hunting(and fishing) of wild animals. If there is no reasonable harvesting of animals then there are problems. And yes, there are problems with over harvesting (extinction...) For example...I have a family member that lives in New Jersey, and he tells me of a problem with deer there. It's an over population. There are so many deer in the Prinston area that it averages just over 1 deer hit by a car a day per year, and research shows that in cases like this, there diseases that spread through the herd due to in-breading. Oh, and there is a very short hunting season, like 1 week, and no guns, bow and arrow only. If they are harvested in manageable numbers, then the problems seems to decline. I am a hunter and fisherman, but know there are limits.
   comment# 23   - Jason · Christmas, FL · Feb 6, 2007 @ 8:10am

Hey Jason, you knuckle head, I live in PA, about an hour away from Princeton NJ. You want to know why deer are overpopulated? Because humans have removed all of thier natural predators! Wolf's, cougars, coyotey's to name a few. So their goes that well thought out point! Bottom line, if we keep on allowing these insecure thrill seekers to keep on killing apex predators, whether it's lions, sharks, or tigers, doesn't matter, the worlds ecosystem's will collapse. When, it's not if, that happens, us as humans have failed, because with the destruction of our wildlife, will come war, starvation, and upheavel. I feel bad for your kids, you ignorant "sports" men. Because they are going to be subject to very bad times due to your ignorance! By the way Chase, by your comments you sound like a real scholar by the way. Last years count as far as sharks killing humans, Sharks 9, Humans 20 million. I'm not sure if you can count, but if you can, Looks like the sharks are
   comment# 24   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Mar 1, 2007 @ 10:49am

I can bet money that the fisherman who caught this fish would have released any other shark had it not been a world record contender. It's sad that you have to kill a fish to get it certified as a record, but atleast the fish got put to good use and some new information was learned from it. I see nothing wrong with this. What I would consider a big deal is when you see a ship hauling in hundreds of sharks, chopping the fins and whatever else it keeps to sell for profit and then dumping the finless, dead sharks back into the water one after another is wrong. If you want to attack people for catching fish and killing too many, point your fingers at commercial fisherman.
   comment# 25   - Seth · Missouri · Mar 19, 2007 @ 10:56am

I hunt and fish. I love doing these things, but i do NOT do them for "sport" or just for fun. I do have fun doing these things though. We basically need to hunt and fish. Not just for us, but for the animals we are hunting. if people did not kill deer sooner or later they would over populate. They would eat all of thier food. They would then starve. Do you know what they would do next? They would have one of the most miserable deaths ever. They eat other deer. It has been proven that they would. So hunting is good and if you manage to kill a big one then mount it on your wall! BUT DO NOT KILL THEM FOR FUN! I want commercial fisherman to read what they are doing. THEY ARE K I L L I N G FOR FUN!That's all. they are killing for fun, FOR FUN. All the sharks were trying to do was get some food. Ya'll killed them when the only chance they had against you was to pull and hopefully break the line.
   comment# 26   - megan · florida, u.s · Apr 1, 2007 @ 9:22am

I have to say that it is a shame to kill such a large beautiful fish for a simple trophy. A picture after the fight would have done just as nicely as boating the fish and bringing it to the beach. It is a shame. It should have been released. On the other hand, you folks are getting a little out of hand with this witch hunt against sportfishermen. You can't blame the vast majority of fishermen because a few got over zealous. Most Fishermen are extremely conservation minded (for example look at the Maryland Stripped Bass and Florida Redfish fisheries). Heck, almost every sport fishing tournament is a catch and release tournament now with strict regulations on the handling and LIVE release of the target creature. If you want to be angry at the wholesale slaughter of large palegic species like sharks, swords, and marlin..point your aggression at the real problems, like the Asian shark finning operations and irresponsible long-lining.
   comment# 27   - John · Middleburg Florida · Apr 5, 2007 @ 12:10pm

I have never been so disgusted and saddened. Killing over 50 Great Hammerheads at one time. Obviously, people don't get how important sharks are to the oceans. I have no problem with catching and releasing. The operative word being release. Remember, sharks were here before us.
   comment# 28   - Shark Lover · Maryland · Apr 17, 2007 @ 9:52am

why so many sharks killed for one study
   comment# 29   - · oporto portugal · Apr 23, 2007 @ 3:21pm

The man who caught this shark was not the one to do an autopsy on it. All of you are just looking at these pictures and judging fishermen as some brutal animal hating breed of human that is below you some how because you think you are so perfect. The guy who caught this shark has more respect for it than you ever will. I am sure that all of you have ate at Red Lobster a couple of times?
   comment# 30   - David · Apollo Beach, Florida · Apr 24, 2007 @ 6:48pm

Come on Noah ..... whats taking you so long .... 'we should all be ashamed .... 'we know better than that ....
   comment# 31   - Bri · Spruce Grove Canada · May 22, 2007 @ 5:52pm

As a sportsman, it makes me ashamed when I see people who would catch this beutiful hammerhead and not release it immediately. First of all, you just don't kill sharks, seeing everything they're going through now with decimated populations. Second of all, if you kill and animal, for sport, you have a moral obligation to eat it. Pretty much everyone kills animals for food (except vegetarians), whether you kill it yourself or you order a burger at a baseball game is irrelevant. If you eat meat, all you are doing is hiring a 'hitman' to kill the animal for you (which there is nothing wrong with, humans are omnivores, people) It is okay to harvest animals in a healthy population in a responsile way if you eat it. Otherwise its wrong. But if you do fulfill the above requirements, you should not feel guilty about it, anymore than you feel guilty about eating a cheeseburger.
   comment# 32   - LifesGood · Atlanta · Jun 12, 2007 @ 8:57am

WAKE UP! We are the apex predators!quit crying for the fish. He was doing what comes natural to men. Hammerheads are not endangered. Try supporting humans first animals second. And Brendan Maas you are a ranting fanatic that reminds me of the igmo who got ate by the grizzly after telling us it wouldn't harm him, it's sad it also ate his girlfriend. 20 million, get real mullet, I hope the score stays in mens favor. If it was a pregnant women this maneater ate, I KNOW WE WOULD BE HEARING well she shouldn't went in the water or the shark didn't mean to it was just doing what comes natural, wake up mullets.
   comment# 33   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 16, 2007 @ 9:56pm

Support LAWS to stop the killing. I love saltwater fishing ! I hate to kill large fish for no reason. The kill tournaments for shark, marlin and other species need to be stopped. Hanging a dead fish up for pictures to call it a tournament record, state record or World Record and then "donating" it to science or the food bank is crazy. Just as we have laws on limits we need to impose LAWS to stop this killing. You all need to support the issuance of LAWS to stop this. I am headed to the Gulf to fish to catch a few fish for dinner.
   comment# 34   - Marty · Mobile, Alabama · Jun 29, 2007 @ 7:44am

B.m.just read some of the comments from your tree huggin counterparts, whoa now there are some real intelligent remarks. whats bad is your mixed right in with them and even more fanatic then most. Hammerheads are not endangered, and our oceans won't be depleted by rod and reel fishermen
   comment# 35   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Jul 12, 2007 @ 11:41pm

I'm sure there is no need to kill fish when you catch them. If people really get thrills from seeing something beautiful wriggling at the end of a line, that's something we have to live with, along with fox-hunting. Getting all militant isn't going to change anything!! Seriously, though, the more we know about sharks the better we can organise protection for them. A huge percentage of the babies wouldn't have survived their first year anyway. A bit of perspective!!!
   comment# 36   - Jude Keyse · Plymouth, UK · Jul 22, 2007 @ 3:36am

Poeple die more often in lighting strikes and from bee stings. what happened here is truly sad. One shark expert put it this way. "sharks are naturally curious animals, however, due to the fact that sharks have no hands to examine the things they see, they often bite out of curiosity. The injuries humans sustain is unintentional but since they are so big and powerful more often than not serious and at times fatal injuries result." It is not the animals fault. No one is trying to erradicate dogs that bite or bees that sting from the face of the earth. Humans are stupid, things we do not understand we try to kill.. We could learn from these animals.
   comment# 37   - Ken Rolls · conway,arkansas · Jul 31, 2007 @ 8:03pm

Stop killing sharks or they will extinct do you have any sence!!Hammerhead sharks are almost extinct stop killing them because we like them!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 38   - Alex and Brad · Brandon US · Aug 3, 2007 @ 4:21pm

How unutterably sad those pictures were, with each death pushing away the chance of biological balance. That man created a mess that will ring down the years. When the last one dies, I hope his name is spat out.
   comment# 39   - Louise Swanson · Leeds, UK · Aug 13, 2007 @ 4:00pm

Yes, reasonable people know that this giant hammerhead most likely would have eaten as many of these 3ft pups as she could have,and very few would have made it to adult age. They also know that when the last one dies we will not still be living, hammerheads are not endangered and it will be many 100s of years if ever that they will go extinct. Any injury on a human caused by a shark is not unintentional, it meant to bite and could care less if you die or are severely injured unless of course it does want to eat you and then dying makes it easier for it.
   comment# 40   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Aug 22, 2007 @ 8:19pm

It is a shame... I love shark fishing but i tagg n release all sharks i catch and also use circle hooks so they always get hooked in the corner of the jaw.. the best part is to to take some pic and se the shark swim away
   comment# 41   - john · Sarasota fl · Sep 8, 2007 @ 9:21am

If peoples ideas were combined then there neverwould be this problem of overharvesting and underharvesting and useless and benenficial slaughter
   comment# 42   - Alex Fisher · Wantagh NY US · Oct 9, 2007 @ 4:52pm

We are avid fisherpeople but ALWAYS either a) catch and release or b) eat our catch. This is an incredibly sad story, but recreational fishermen are wholly a responsible bunch and really NOT the problem.... The real enemy depleting our oceans is the Asian fishing boats. They bribe their way into third world waters and overfish everything (even our California coast is showing signs of strain!). Although I'm glad giant jellyfish are exploding in population in the Sea of Japan (serves them right for polluting their streams that empty into the ocean) the bad part is now they're over HERE fishing up OUR waters more than ever before.
   comment# 43   - Naomi · Los Angeles, California · Dec 20, 2007 @ 7:50pm

My brother has recorded in his dvd recording the autopsy to a female of white shark, it is incredible: the gills, the bladders of Lorenzini, the brain...
   comment# 44   - Victor · Spain · Feb 24, 2008 @ 2:23pm

When I see members of the 'human'race behaving like this, it makes me regret being one of them. Kudos to the Underwater Times for showing up these cretins.
   comment# 45   - Peter Morris · Victoria,B.C.Canada. · Feb 25, 2008 @ 7:59am

   comment# 46   - STEVE · JASPER, GA. USA · Mar 6, 2008 @ 10:07am

If you don't like seeing dead sharks and whales don't read the Underwater Times. So to all of you tree huggers go to hell you are what has screwed up this country to start with. Let them drill for oil here in our home land hope you like paying $5.00 for a gallon of gas cus its coming...lets hear you tree huggers cry about that!
   comment# 47   - john · Texas · Mar 8, 2008 @ 6:52pm

why cant u just less than intelligent person leave all hammerhead sharks alone? these babies are so beauty....i want ban shark fishing now!! i don't understand why u people are always killing for a fun? just leave them always breaks my heart every time when i read this comments. sighed... someday as payback any variety sharks will bite u.... laboratory are idiots and very insensitive.
   comment# 48   - susan buatois · novelty, ohio · Mar 17, 2008 @ 9:14am

I think that shark fishing is a great sport, as long as it's done in a humane way. If you hunt or fish you will know what im talking about. It is unfortunate when things like this happen, but I bet some of the people complaining eat tuna, and not to long ago dolphins got caught in the nets so bfd if a few sharks died.
   comment# 49   - Zach Bartyll · United States · Mar 27, 2008 @ 6:49pm

It is a known fact that 100 million sharks are killed annually. RR from Texas needs to quit the denial and research a little. Great hammerheads are threatened with extinction. Tournament shark fishing, finning, and other types of fishing are just quickening the steps toward shark populations becoming extinct. Who out there really understands the importance of the shark on our world's oceans? If we lose this important link in the chain, the oceans will quickly decline. If was Jacques Cousteau and Dr. Sylvia Earle who said many times that if this were to happen, humans would be quick to disappear, and guess what, you poor ignorant ones in denial, this is said to happen as quickly as 50 years. Anyone out there under 50 years old? You may live to watch this happen!
   comment# 50   - Katie · Hawaii · Apr 20, 2008 @ 5:26pm

Katie from Hawaii I have kept up with reports, read daily, watch programs,use the net and stay informed not only about our oceans but also our entire world.I have also been out there fishing and hunting for the last 28 years and gain more knowledge about the state of Texas waters and forests by being out there then you could research.I have never denied that long liners, shark finners and other commercial fishermen are tragically killing sharks and other by catches in mass quantities. Recreational and sport fishing is not going to quicken the extinction of any FISH thats legal to harvest. You poor ignorant comment should reflect on people like yourself whom obviously don't realize the computer your using hurt more animals fish and birds in it's production (plastics, vinyls etcs) from chemical plants dumping their poison pollution into the land air and sea then all the rod and reel fishermen. And guess what are you going to stop buying these products, I highly doubt it.If your opinion is against sport or recreational fishing thats one thing but to judge, belittle or outright wish harm on these men or anyone who agrees with their right to fish legally is not only hypocritical but wrong. Get off your high horse and do something productive.Keep on fishing its great family sport .
   comment# 51   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Apr 21, 2008 @ 4:57pm

Okay, RR, again, I did not say anything about your knowledge of TX waters or forests. No did not deny long lining fishing, et. al, but you did say that hammerheads are NOT in danger. With all of your so-called reading reports, watching programs, etc., you would know that your statement is a false one. As for recycling everything I can, my community is very 'green' aware, and we also so recycling of old computers. As for high horses, you need to read the statements you make, and the responses printed better. Hawaii, being the only island state in the union does a great deal for the planet. I also did not comment on family fishing. Fishing is a fine thing if one fishes only to feed their family, and not for a trophy, which is senseless killing in many folks' opinion. Neither did I belittle or wish harm on anyone. As far as calling YOU ignorant? I did not, but after reading your response, opinions may have changed, and not just by me. The reading you do, the programs you watch, are your eyes truly open?
   comment# 52   - Katie · Hawaii · Apr 23, 2008 @ 1:27am

There are nine known species of hammerhead sharks. OF these the scalloped hammerhead is considered globally endangered and the great hammerhead is currently listed as endangered. So technically Hammerheads in general are not endangered but I will admit I was wrong about this species of shark because it was a great hammerhead.the statement you made "Threatened with extinction" is going a little overboard yourself. Also you stated "RR needs to quit the denial" then "you poor ignorant ones in denial" So I would say that was directed at me, which is fine if thats your opinion. Everyone is entitled to their opinions but alot of these comments on these sites advocate harm even death to fishermen for legally catching sharks. Most fishermen do more for conservation then in other group. We do practice catch and release,we contribute to state wildlife and fish departments. Many are members of conservation groups like GCCA .Provide crucial facts and records for research. Once in a lifetime, MAYBE, we catch a trophy fish. Well not me, not a trophy anyway, but some of us. We should not be harassed for doing something that we love , contribute to and thats legal.
   comment# 53   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Apr 23, 2008 @ 8:53pm

   comment# 54   - TINA · OTTAWA, ONTARIO · May 1, 2008 @ 12:20am

This is exactly what I'm talking about. Tina from Ottawa, is another pathetic example of a whacked out pin head that wants people to die for legally fishing in the ocean and catching a big FISH.
   comment# 55   - RobertRolin · Onalaska, Texas · May 2, 2008 @ 5:04pm

:( so sad.... so many babies.... sigh... the hammerhead was killed for nothing. This is justso sad.
   comment# 56   - Michelle Ng · Malaysia · May 25, 2008 @ 9:12am

Thats another horror scenario. The Great hammerhead population already decreased to 0.01% and then they kill a pregnant one. They are the top predators in the oceans and we need them to keep the balance. But it seems we only recognize it when it is too late. As mentioned before it is just so sad. As the said it in sharkwater. We are just apes out of control.
   comment# 57   - michael N. · austria · Jun 13, 2008 @ 4:56am

So much crying over these hammerheads....Where are the tears and demands to ban abortion? Why is it we can sit back and remain silent about killing humans, when we become outraged over any type of harm done to animals. Dont get me wrong, I do not condone harsh treatment of animals either, but it is a shame and disgrace to put higher regard on the life of beasts than on the life of mankind, which has an immortal soul, unlike the animals. May the Lord be merciful to us and open our blinded eyes to see the truth.
   comment# 58   - Bubba · PA · Jul 10, 2008 @ 8:48am

I think that everyone that voiced an opinion negative or positive should look at the facts. And be sure of their background information before making judgments on the person who caught this creature... is it possible that there was a reason he didn't release it? Do we know that he was actually intending to catch a shark... judgment should be withheld unless all the facts are present.
   comment# 59   - Christine · Florida · Sep 17, 2008 @ 10:20am

What a terrible scenario such a sad story:(
   comment# 60   - Amy · Springfield,MO · Oct 28, 2008 @ 5:24pm

Tina, you should be ashamed of yourself. More money has been donated to fish and wildlife management by HUNTER AND FISHERMEN than any other source, including the so-called "Nature Groups" The ones who truly care about the whole enviroment and not just one animal are the ones who pay for that entire ecosystems survival. Wishing death upon others does not help your so-called crusade at all. Long Live Fishing and Hunting!!!!!!
   comment# 61   - the next president · inside your mind · Dec 18, 2008 @ 8:19am

you should really not put thoses pictures on this web site it is really rong and no one wants to see that.
   comment# 62   - nikita · salt lake city · Jan 7, 2009 @ 6:05pm

The fact is the oceans are in a parlous state. Two centuries ago there were so many cod off the Grand Banks the sea turned silver to any ships passing. There needs to be a large reduction in quotas on commercial species ie pelagic tuna, and a complete ban on shark 'fishing'. Otherwise the populations will become so small as to be genetically unviable. We have been lucky with the whales. Protection came just in time for them. Ocean reserves must be established to allow young fish to develop and allow other species a birthing nursery(populations can recover remarkably quickly). Also ,but not exclusively, people in the Orient need to be educated about what their desire for so called delicacies are doing to the marine environment right from apex predators like mako down to sea cucumbers. And also idiotic beliefs ,for example in shark cartilage as being a cure for rheumatism (same for land species). It would be nice as a so called intelligent species to curtail our own population growth and reverse it to a manageable level particularly in the developing world. If you must participate in 'sport' fishing always release the catch. What is the purpose or pleasure in mounting a specimen , much as with butterfly collectors in the 19th century ? Take photographs, videos ,a far better memory than a lifeless creature. And when you buy marine products they are still not what they claim to be. Tuna for instance, many species birds and fish are killed 'a
   comment# 63   - Balraj · St.Albans,England · Feb 16, 2009 @ 4:21am

When they caught the shark they were unaware that she was pregnant, they stated they were going to release her, but she died during the struggle and they couldn't very well just leave her out there dead,that would show lack of sportsmanship, and something would eat her anyways so you may as well donate the body to science, at least then maybe some people would learn something about them that they didn't know or maybe something new will reveal itself. How else do we know what we know now?
   comment# 64   - Brittany · Atmore, AL · May 8, 2009 @ 7:12am

People equating the killing of a giant hammerhead to deer hunting or fisheries "management" are very poorly informed. As a fisheries biologist I can assure you that the two are not the same. In other words, you can't extrapolate from one species to another like that. Large gamefish populations, especially sharks, are very badly depleted - it wouldn't take you long to find this out if you bothered to educate yourself. The large females are very important for maintaining the population. Whether or not most of the pups would die is not important in this scenario. Take a moment to read a bit on the state of our ocean's fish populations instead of being proud of your ignorance and bashing others for caring about the world we will leave to our children. A true sportsman would not have killed this fish. A trophy fisherman is not the same as all other fishermen. I fish, but have no respect for people like this who are doing it for their ego.
   comment# 65   - mercy · Olympia, WA · May 8, 2009 @ 8:16am

...i shot a deer this year...anyone wanna debate that?lol...noone knows the actual reason for this individual could well have been out fishing for food for his family..or maybe sport fishing with intent to catch and release...witch is not always possible especially with an animal that large and aggressive....anyways you tree huggers are all had relations with up...little retarded even....think i'll go shoot somethin else in your honour lol YAAAAY PETA! WOOOOOO!!!!
   comment# 66   - t baggins · canada · Dec 11, 2009 @ 6:05pm

i shark fished for years,sleeping on the piers with my 14/0 penn.i caught a 10ft.hammerhead which almost pulled me in.i regret the damage that i did,cutting out the jaws and tossing the shark over.i was young and it was always us against them.i'm 65 years old and now try to enjoy nature and release fish that i don't want.we all need to just look around.thanks,george
   comment# 67   - george gunnells · gulf breeze,florida · Jun 25, 2010 @ 6:59pm

after reading this, the reason u can't see the tears in my eyes is because I'm wearing my sunglasses. yours truly someone who knows what's going down in BG... ...soon to post dead otter whose been eating our live bait, pics soon to come
   comment# 68   - local poon slayer · tarpon guide,boca grande · May 15, 2011 @ 8:20am

Just what the heck were they thinking!? Oh my God, thats just sick!
   comment# 69   - Linda Davidson · bloomington,IL · Jun 29, 2011 @ 8:48pm

yea that pretty nasty stuff there
   comment# 70   - gary · uk belfast · Jul 8, 2011 @ 12:46pm

A very sad day for the species. Humans are selfish and don't think one death that they cause hurts anything. why couldnt he put her back in the water? 50 babies i mean come on what a loss. ban shark fishing now!
   comment# 71   - linda · mooresville, indiana usa · Dec 20, 2011 @ 10:47pm

I read many comments; still huminty is there but long way is there as human are selfish.They belive in God,Khuda,,,,but not belive kindness meracuy.
   comment# 72   - Natwarlal · India · Mar 12, 2012 @ 3:28am

The less sharks the better. Sharks are just eating machines and really don't care where the food comes from. Shark lovers...may you be consumed by a shark one day.
   comment# 73   - marshuff · Spring Hill, FL · Jul 20, 2012 @ 2:40pm

to marshuff. you are truly an ignorant, uneducated hick. those eating machines are what keep the oceans in balance, and the oceans being in balance ecologically is what keeps the earth producing food, remaining somewhat stable in weather, and supporting human life (thats what you are). you remove certain bricks in the ecosystem, the wall WILL collapse. thats not tree hugger bullshit, its REALLY simple science. but Im sure thats over your head. bees kill more people evry year than sharks, moron, whats your thoughts on that,"Lets kill all those damn bees, there just stinging machines, they dont even care who they sting, who needs pollenation, Ill just eat Mcdonalds!!" Oh and i personally am scared ----less of sharks, but have the intelligence to be able to look at the big picture and realize that everything actually has a consequence. you really oughtta try doing some reading, or better yet some thinking, before you open your mouth.
   comment# 74   - travis · susanville CA · Nov 17, 2012 @ 9:21pm

What a senseless waste. This event not only saddens me, but we rely on these sharks to manage the eco-system that in turn sustains all life.
   comment# 75   - moe · usa · Nov 21, 2012 @ 12:10pm

killing 51 Hammerhead Sharks at once just for "research">>??? wow, nothing enrages me more than seeing this many hammerheads killed when they have been in trouble for years, and even MORE SO NOW. I can't explain the ache my heart feels right makes me miserable to even be alive anymore. In the last hour I read the top headlines in the News- Dad leaves 22 month in car to die from heat-mother beheads her 2 yr old-mother killes child with salt through feeding tube-30 yrs it will take to save whales-and a dangerous rise in India for whale shark killings- who the hell wants to live in a world that is all about death and dying and killing what could have been a beautiful way to coexist had ppl cared enough-had there been enough of us, the ppl who would die fighting to save our world for our kids-then theres the recent turtle study that has me broken hearted......out of 100 ppl driving on the road, almost half-46% actually swerved to hit and kill the fake research turtle....I would have bet my life it would have been them swerving to miss the turtle..but once again Im wrong. Bless those of you who are trying to fight for a better world. Paul Watson, and ppl like him- I will forever support and fight with you. one world- one chance....lets fight to change it for the better. ---@whotheF_i_is
   comment# 76   - Christel Platt · West Virginia · Jun 24, 2014 @ 5:38pm

I'm reading how upset everyone is about the killing of these fish. That makes sence. There isn't an indefinate supply of anything to just kill for fun, sport or to stroke an ego. I'm wondering where all the complaints and conserns for all the human babies killed everyday. Do all you fish huggers believe it should be illegal to KILL human babies too?
   comment# 77   - Texas Dad · Elmo Texas USA · Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:48pm
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