Have Hammerhead Sharks Been Killed by Fisherman?

Have Hammerhead sharks been killed by fisherman? Three adult females and one male hammerhead shark have washed ashore this week in Sarasota County, Florida.  The species is protected in Florida but, unfortunately, fishing gear was attached to one adult female hammerhead’s body. Attached fishing gear gives rise to one theory of how the sharks might have died, but is there another? Hammerhead sharks suffer from delayed mortality.  This means sharks cannot handle the stress of being caught. The circumstances of the four hammerhead shark deaths is complicated because hot, summer…

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