Fishermen reel in large hammerhead shark on Amelia Island’s American Beach

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. — Beachgoers in Nassau County got up close and personal with a hammerhead shark Saturday afternoon.

Sharon Skipper told Action News Jax she was swimming in the water at the time when someone in her party spotted a fin in the water.

Skipper took to Facebook Live to record the extra large catch. She believes the fishermen were specifically looking to catch sharks because they were ready with a large tape measure, which they used to measure the shark before releasing it back into the water.

The hammerhead is a protected species according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It is a non-harvestable fish that must be thrown back into the water immediately after catching it.

Samantha Mathers

Samantha Mathers, Action News Jax

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