WATCH: Couple's terrifying escape from hammerhead shark

A COUPLE had a terrifying near miss after a hammerhead shark swam dangerously close while they were swimming off a beach in Florida.

During the video, captured from a penthouse overlooking the beach in the popular Silver Towers resort in America, the pair can be seen enjoying themselves, totally oblivious to the black mass behind them getting ever closer.

Despite people on the beach shouting at them to leave the water, they only notice the shark's presence when its tail flips out the water and splashes down just yards away.

As they scramble to get out of the water, someone near the camera shouts: "Yeah, now run!"

Fortunately for the swimmers, the hammerhead shark appears more taken with chasing down a stingray than harming them.

There are 11 different species of hammerhead shark, their oddly shaped heads improving their ability to locate and track prey - making them a deadly predator.

Fortunately most hammerheads, owing to their small size, are mostly harmless to humans.

However, there have been three notable cases where great hammerheads - which can grow to up to 20ft in length - have attacked humans.


More news:

Too dangerous? Cartwheels banned at Queensland school

Does celebrity hacking mean our photos are at risk?

Homeless man accused of shooting dead two NZ welfare workers

No backlash after actress tells of punching boyfriends

Topics:  editors picks shark video

Parents in favour of new vaccination laws

VAX LAWS: North Coast Health District officials are hoping new vaccination laws which prevent children not yet immunised from attending day care will persuade parents to protect their youngsters.

Children's lives saved through vaccination laws

Cycling video secures driver conviction

VIDEO EVIDENCE: A motorcyclist has lost his licence for 18 months after his assault on two cyclists in June 2017 was captured on a rear-light bicycle video camera.

Motorcyclist loses licence after cyclist assault

Dangerous swell and surf continues on coast

There was a big swell at Snapper Rocks on Tuesday, October 17.

Surfers, boaters, swimmers and fishers to take caution.

Local Partners