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Beachgoers were left shocked after a pregnant hammerhead shark washed up ashore while they were playing on the beach.
The shark, which weighed a whopping 35 stone, was discovered dead in Pompano Beach, Florida, earlier this month.
Stunned crowds gathered around the 11foot predator as they watched its corpse get removed from the sand by construction crews with heavy equipment.
“They brought in a Bobcat and moved it out of the water because they didn’t want it to go back into the water,” resident Kevin Nosal said.
“You never want to see an animal this big laying on the beach.
“This is 11 feet long and over 500 pounds. It’s a female, so it’s always sad when a female passes.”
A team of scientists then collected samples which is when they confirmed the species was a female hammerhead that was pregnant, reports Local10.
Hannah Medd, conservation scientist and the founder of the American Shark Conservancy, said the incident was a "pretty rare event" and said her team only get a call to washed-up hammerheads between one to four times a year.
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Medd believes the nearly adult shark may have died after becoming distressed and swimming onto shore following an encounter with fishermen the day before.
“There is some fishing line in her gills, and from earlier pictures, there was a large hook in the side of her mouth, which indicates she was probably involved in fishing,” she told CNN.
"These sharks are really good at fighting.
"That's why the anglers like to catch them – it's exciting."
It has since been confirmed that the hammerhead was buried after she was removed away from heartbroken onlookers.
Medd added that "because they're prohibited, we typically can't get samples, so in this case it was an unfortunate but good chance for us to learn more about a pretty important species."
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