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School of hammerhead sharks spotted in Great Sandy Strait 

Terrifying moment school of huge hammerhead sharks in KNEE-DEEP water charge at a family in a boat off Queensland’s coast

  •  A family were boating off the coast of southeast Queensland on the weekend 
  •  The family captured a close encounter with a school of hammerhead sharks 
  •  A group of five hammerheads swam up to their boat in the Great Sandy Strait
  •  The sharks could be seen in detail in waters that were only half a metre deep 

A close encounter with a school of hammerhead sharks was captured on a family boat day.    

Wayne Smith and his family were boating off the coast of Hervey Bay, southeast Queensland, when they spotted the group of sharks over the weekend. 

He filmed the amazing interaction as five sharks splashed around and even swam up to their boat in waters that were only half a metre deep, 7NEWS reported.    

Wayne Smith was boating off the coast of southeast Queensland on the weekend and recorded the moment a school of hammerhead sharks approached his family’s boat (pictured above) 

The sharks could be observed in great detail in the clear waters of the Great Sandy Strait, in between the Queensland mainland and Fraser Island. 

Mr Smith’s footage first captured the school of sharks swimming together in the distance.  

‘Wow, there’s maybe more than four. Wow, look at the size of them,’ he could be heard saying. 

The five hammerhead sharks could be seen swimming as a pod with their fins in the air before starting to approach the family’s boat. 

A closeup shot showed a hammerhead shark swim right by the family’s boat with its fin stuck in the air. 

‘He’s coming straight for the boat, look at him. It’s huge holy dooley,’ one woman said. 

The hammerhead sharks (file image pictured) swam into waters only half a metre deep

The hammerhead sharks (file image pictured) swam into waters only half a metre deep 

The hammerhead was closely followed by another shark gliding through the crystal clear water. 

The family continued to watch the sharks as they splashed around the boat. 

Children could be heard exclaiming ‘wow’ in awe.  

‘I reckon that one’s about seven foot,’ Mr Smith explained.   

The Great Sandy Strait runs for 70km and is known for its flourishing marine life thanks to a complex landscape of sandbanks, mangroves and network of creeks.   

It is an important habitat where fish, dugongs, dolphins and turtles breed.  

HAMMERHEAD SHARKS

Hammerhead sharks have distinctively flat shaped heads which assist them with finding prey 

Their wide-set eyes give them a better visual range than most sharks

They are found in temperate and tropical waters around the world and are known to swim both far out at sea and near coastlines

Hammerheads often seek out cooler waters in mass migration groups 

They are gray-brown to olive-green in appearance and are easily identified by their extra tall and pointed dorsal fin

The sharks have an average lifespan of 20 to 30 years in the wild

Adult hammerheads can grow between four to six metres in size 

Most hammerheads are fairly small and are considered harmless to humans

Source: National Geographic 



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