Bahamas official have started investigation into the reported killing of a giant four-meter hammerhead shark, according to a report in earthtouchnews.com.
The hammerhead, a report said, was speared from the dock on the day it was first sighted. But, another report claims that the big fish was shot dead with a gun.
Experts indicates that it was possible that the animal survived the attack and moved off into safer waters despite its injuries. They, however, added that a positive outcome was unlikely.
A shark of the same fish family first spotted on June 25, when it cruised into the waters of Montagu Foreshore.
Meanwhile, a shark of that size appeared in the Bahamas few days later in Bahamas, as expected, it drew quite the crowd. Its appearance in the shallow was totally normal and not a cause of concern.
The animal, as per earlier media report and a video, was wild and the Florida fisherman, Captain Rob Gorta, who recorded the video, claimed that the shark bump the boat several times while chasing a tarpon in the water and the fish could have easily damaged the boat, according to baynews9.com
Experts estimated the great hammerhead at around 16 feet nose to tail, which would put it near the maximum recorded length for the species, suggesting that the animal was exactly the kind of individual, the endangered population, and the ocean ecosystem as a whole, cannot afford to lose.
“Mature hammerheads have virtually no predators, but like most shark species, they are heavily fished, both commercially and recreationally,” Bahamas National Trust told the earthtouchnews.com.
“As a result, their numbers are rapidly declining. Like many sharks, these ‘lions and tigers of the sea’ play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of marine life that humans benefit from, especially in the Bahamas,” added BNT.
BNT explains that a common reaction to such a large predator within an area frequently used by people is to spear it, either to kill it or drive it away. “That is not just a local reaction, but rather an international one,” added BNT. “In this case, those responsible likely acted with what they thought were good intentions to drive away the shark. However, there was minimal risk to humans.”
Hammerheads are considered to be among the world’s shiest and most elusive sharks – a trait that has earned them their “ghosts of the ocean” nickname.
“Although these sharks certainly have the ability to cause harm, they rarely even acknowledge divers in the water,” says the team. “People swim with great hammerheads and other large sharks every day in the Bahamas without incident. Swimming with such majestic beasts is an amazing experience; however, caution should always be exercised.”