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Florida couple spots rare scalloped hammerhead shark: ‘It was great’

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Boaters spot rare scalloped hammerhead shark in Florida

Raw video: Couple spots a scalloped hammerhead, which is an endangered species, while sail out to Crab Island.

Florida couple Lauren and Brandon Woodley were for a leisurely boat trip early Monday morning, snapping photos of playful dolphins during the high tide of Crab Island, near Destin.

But when it began to rain, the duo was forced under the nearby Marler Bridge. It was at that moment Lauren saw a fin sticking out of the water. At first, the Fort Walton Beach resident thought it was a dolphin, but quickly realized that it was a shark — probably an endangered scalloped hammerhead.

Lauren Woodley said that she estimated the shark to be 10 to 12 feet in length.

(Lauren Woodley)

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“I stood up and picked up the camera and began recording. [The shark] started to move and came close to the boat, before the return to deeper water,” Lauren told Fox News Wednesday.

“It was pretty impressive. It was a large shark,” Lauren, that is an estimate of the sea creature was about 10 to 12 metres in length, it said. “My husband thought it was awesome.”

In 2014, the scalloped hammerhead shark-named after the scallop-like shape to the front of her head — was the first species of shark to be protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act, Scientific American reported at the time. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, the species is for an important part influenced by the commercial fisheries.

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In 2014, the scalloped hammerhead shark-named after the scallop-like shape to the front of her head — was the first species of shark to be protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

(Lauren Woodley)

Scalloped hammerhead sharks are not usually found in shallow water, Terra, russell investment group, a senior aquarist at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, told The Destin Log, adding that it would have been there to prey on fish and rays, or was it possible a woman try to give birth.

Either way, “I was so impressed because it was so beautiful,” russell investment group told the newspaper.

After spotting the shark, Lauren posted a video on the Facebook group “Let’s Talk Destin!” Since then, the video has garnered 18,000 shares and over 2,000 comments.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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