Terrifying school moment of huge hammerhead sharks in the KNEE-DEEP family water charger in a boat off the coast of Queensland
- A family sailed off the coast of southeastern Queensland over the weekend
- The family caught a close collision with a school of hammerhead sharks
- A group of five hammers swims to their boat in the Great Sand Strait
- Sharks could be seen in detail in waters that were only half a meter deep
A close encounter with a school of hammerhead sharks was captured on a family boat day.
Wayne Smith and his family were walking along the shores of Hervey Bay, southeast Queensland, when they spotted a group of sharks over the weekend.
He filmed the amazing interaction as five sharks splashed around and even swam to their boat in waters that were only half a meter deep, 7NEWS reported.
Wayne Smith sailed off the coast of southeast Queensland over the weekend and recorded the moment a hammerhead shark school approached his family’s boat (pictured above)
Sharks can be observed in great detail in the clear waters of the Great Sand Strait, between mainland Queensland and Fraser Island.
Mr. Smith’s footage first captured the school of sharks swimming together in the distance.
“Wow, there are maybe more than four. Wow, look at their size, ”he was heard to say.
The five hammerhead sharks could be seen floating like pods in the air before approaching the family boat.
A close-up shot showed a hammerhead shark swimming right next to the family’s boat with a fin stuck in the air.
“He’s coming straight to the boat, look at him.” This is a huge holy place – said a woman.
Hammerhead sharks (pictured in the file) swam in water only half a meter deep
The hammer was followed closely by another shark gliding through the crystal clear water.
The family continued to watch the sharks as they splashed around the boat.
The children could be heard shouting “wow” in awe.
“I think it’s about a meter and a half,” Mr. Smith explained.
The Great Sand Strait stretches for 70 km and is known for its thriving marine life thanks to a complex landscape of sandy shores, mangrove forests and a network of rivers.
This is an important habitat where fish, dugongs, dolphins and turtles breed.
Hammerhead sharks have distinctly flat heads that help them find prey
Their wide-set eyes give them better visual range than most sharks
They are found in temperate and tropical waters around the world and are known to swim both in the sea and near the shores.
Checks often look for cooler waters in mass migration groups
In appearance they are gray-brown to olive-green and are easily recognizable by the extremely high and pointed dorsal fin.
Sharks have an average life of 20 to 30 years in the wild
Adult hammers can grow between four and six meters
Most hammers are quite small and are considered harmless to humans
Source: National Geographic