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Old 26 June 2015, 11:31 AM
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Goldfish Hammerhead shark seen at Ocean City MD

Story and pics here. It looks like the shark was able to get back into the water on its own, but why did it beach itself in the first place? Illness?
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Old 26 June 2015, 12:10 PM
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It could be as simple as it having moved into the shallows after a meal. Many sharks will go to quite shallow sater after a meal, to the extent of launching themselves fully onto the land to grab, a seal (very rare in Maryland), a penguin (even more rare in Maryland), or other tasty treat. It does not look to me like it was trying to beach itself, as the link claims, but that as soon as it scraped sand, it started working its way into more swimmable depths.
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Old 26 June 2015, 01:04 PM
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it started working its way into more swimmable depths.
I was very relieved to see that! So far the only feeding frenzy that's occurring is the media feeding frenzy. The OC Beach Patrol and lifeguards have their work cut out for them trying to keep the gawkers out of the water.
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Old 26 June 2015, 02:35 PM
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I almost hope someone with a limb prosthesis goes out there, removes the prosthesis, then starts screaming and waving his/her stump around.
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Old 26 June 2015, 08:04 PM
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a seal (very rare in Maryland), a penguin (even more rare in Maryland)
Not sure that is correct as 0~<0.
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Old 26 June 2015, 08:21 PM
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It depends on whether the National Aquarium has more seals than penguins.
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Old 26 June 2015, 08:41 PM
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I find it hard to believe it was eating. There just aren't that many license plates in those waters. More likely on its way to a fish-eaters anonymous meeting.
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Old 26 June 2015, 09:05 PM
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Tiger sharks eat license plates.

Hammerheads prefer hubcaps and soda cans.
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Old 27 June 2015, 02:15 AM
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Not sure that is correct as 0~<0.
Harbor seals are usually found down to Massachusetts, but occasionally are found as far south as even North Carolina, so even though [URL+"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harbor_seal]this link[/URL] does not specifically mention MD, the occasional sighting of harbor seals in MD makes sense, as a matter of getting from the usual range all the way down to North Carolina. Similarly for the grey seals. (Caution: do not fish-slap around seals, as they are apt to grab the fish)
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Old 27 June 2015, 01:23 PM
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So is any one missing a dog or a kid around where the shark was?
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