“Lord protect us!” This chaotic footage shows six or more hammerhead sharks scouring the shore for food as tourists scramble to get out of the water. One group of women, however, were left with but a raft between them and the marine predators.
Have you had your dose of “When in Florida” today? If not, allow us to oblige! The following viral footage is making the rounds online today, and it showcases one of the most unique predators on the planet: hammerhead sharks.
Watch below as the unique species repeatedly circles the raft. The three women, Lacey Faciane, Casie Thompson, and Qyuston Eubanks, deliver varying degrees of panic, amusement, and more panic while hammerheads continue to appear.
In total, seven sharks are said to have made their rounds, most likely searching for their usual meal: stingrays.
The Pensacola, Florida footage comes courtesy of Casie Thompson’s mother, Jacqueline Lesso. Lesso tells Fox10 News she first saw dorsal fins breaking the surface, then decided to start filming her daughter’s possible demise. Yes, really.
Better to be these three ladies on their raft, however, than the dozens of tourists left floating in the water as the sharks circle. Mass panic and screams are heard as countless legs exit the ocean, with one woman yelling: “They’re coming in!”
Hammerhead Sharks Spark Last Thoughts for Florida Beachgoers
Of the encounter, Lacey Faciane – one of the raft’s three women – tells Fox10 News that “One boater would yell “shark” and then the next group would yell “shark”, and that’s just kind of how it was. And so by the time they got to us, they were right up on us!
“Usually you have to pay for that and we didn’t have to pay for that,” she adds. Oh, Florida.
All in all, Faciane says their appearance, which took place over Memorial Day weekend, “was an awesome experience.”
“They were right up on the shore. I mean we were in at least knee, waist-deep water so they were right up on shore, and they just swam around the boat, and then left,” she says, still in awe.
Friend Qyuston Eubanks, however, seems far less enthused by the close encounter. “I was like “Lord protect us! If it’s time for us to go, it’s time for us to go. Just protect us,” she recalls.
Casie Thompson seems more familiar with hammerhead sharks herself. The species rarely – if ever – attacks humans, with less than 20 documented cases of the species drawing blood on humans in recorded history.
“It’s very rare to have a group of hammerheads just swim by you so it’s kind of a once in a lifetime kind of thing,” she tells.
Hammerhead sharks can reach an average length of 13 to 14 feet. Thompson and her friends guestimate their sharks pushed 8-feet-long. The largest hammerhead ever recorded, however, was a staggering 20-feet-long.