Scary instant school with big hammerhead sharks in KNEE-DEEP urination with a family in a boat off the coast of Queensland
- A family sailed off the coast of southeast Queensland over the weekend
- The family caught a close encounter with a school of hammerhead sharks
- A group of five hammerheads swam up to their boat in the Great Sandy Strait
- The 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 caught on a family boat day.
Wayne Smith and his family were sailing off the coast of Hervey Bay, southeast of Queensland, when they saw the group of sharks over the weekend.
He filmed the amazing interaction as five sharks splashed around and even swam up 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, recording the moment a school of hammerhead sharks approached the family boat (pictured above)
The sharks could be observed in detail in the clear waters of the Great Sandy Strait, between mainland Queensland and Fraser Island.
Smith’s footage first captured the shark school swimming together in the distance.
‘Wow, there are maybe more than four. Wow, look at the size of them, ‘he could be heard saying.
The five hammerhead sharks could be seen swimming like a pod with their fins in the air before they began approaching the family boat.
A close-up shot of a hammerhead shark swimming right next to the family boat with the fin stuck in the air.
‘He’s coming right towards the boat, look at him. That’s huge holy dooley, ‘said one woman.
The hammerhead sharks (pictured in the picture) swam out into the water only half a meter deep
The hammerhead was closely followed by another shark sliding through the crystal clear water.
The family continued to watch the sharks as they sprayed around the boat.
Children could be heard shouting ‘wow’ in awe.
‘I reckon you’re about 7 feet,’ Mr Smith explained.
The Great Sandy Strait runs for 70 km and is known for its thriving marine life thanks to a complex landscape of sandbanks, mangroves and networks of streams.
It is an important habitat where fish, dugongs, dolphins and turtles breed.
Hammerhead sharks have characteristically flat shaped heads, which help them find prey
Their wide eyes give them a better visual area than most sharks
They are found in temperate and tropical waters around the world and are known to swim both far out at sea and near the coast.
Hammerheads often seek cooler waters in mass migration groups
They are gray-brown to olive-green in appearance and are easily identified by their extra high and pointed dorsal fin
The sharks have an average lifespan of 20 to 30 years in the wild
Adult hammerheads can grow between four and six feet in size
Most hammer heads are quite small and are considered harmless to humans
Source: National Geographic