Pregnant great hammerhead shark apparently landed in Destin
This footage of a captured hammerhead shark was uploaded on YouTube by Jeff Bratcher on 08. June 2015.
I assume, without certainty, it has to be the 14 ft great hammerhead ( Sphyrna mokarran ) that was recently caught by a charter boat off Destin, Florida. The female shark weighed 835 pounds and was carrying 34 pups as shown in the video.
According to the Daily News (published on 06. June 2015 here), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking into the circumstances of this catch because certain species of hammerhead sharks (including Sphyrna mokarran) are protected in state waters. There is also a photo of the same specimen on facebook here.
In late 2011, FWC Commissioners passed a rule that prohibits the recreational and commercial harvest of tiger sharks and great, scalloped and smooth hammerhead sharks from state waters. The rule took effect January 1, 2012. Please see the related FWC press release here. But it’s still legal to retain a hammerhead shark that was caught in federal waters if no tuna, swordfish, or billfish are onboard. (Helmut Nickel, Shark Year Magazine)