Two Brothers Rescue Hammerhead Shark In Florida

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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Brothers Save Hammerhead Shark Destin, FL 2015

Me and my brother fight to save an injured hammerhead shark on the Destin, FL shoreline and bravely took it to safety away from the public. My brother, once realizing it was injured, swam out to bring it to shore away from people still in the water.

 Only in Florida. Or so it seems. And I preface this article by saying don’t try this yourself. But one thing is clear, you certaintly don’t see video like this every day. In the quiet town of Destin, Florida, these two brothers rescued a Hammerhead shark which was injured and swimming around close to shore. You can watch the brothers bravely pull the shark to shore and fearlessly remove the two hooks and a lure from the sharks mouth. What’s even more shocking, iperhaps, is watching the brothers pull the shark into deeper water so it could swim away. I think these two brothers would get applause from some of the most talented of marine biologists. Anyone who has worked with sharks knows what these two brothers did was a challenging task. While preceeding in the course is not advisable, it is heartwarming to see two brothers coming to the aid of this shark, instead of running away from it, as would be more commonly expected. It’s not easy to know what to do in a situation like this. However, it brings up a good time to raise awareness of how to act in a situation similar to this one if you see injured marine life while at the beach or on a boat. PAWS has some very good information available regarding marine mammals. Additionally, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has some helpful information on who to call to report injured wildlife to that will hopefully ensure a safe outcome for all involved. MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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