Hundreds of hammerhead shark babies found dumped outside Honololu sailing club
Around 100 hammerhead shark babies were found dumped outside the sailing club of Honolulu in Hawaii which has literally created ripples of sensation across the area.
Investigators in Hawaii are working to determine how nearly 100 baby hammerhead sharks died after they were found dumped on Tuesday morning near a lagoon outside Honolulu.
100 baby hammerhead sharks found dead
Andrew Rossiter of the Waikiki Aquarium has expressed shock on the finding as he has never seen so many baby sharks killed at one time, and that the pups were probably caught in a gill net.
The sharks were found ashore along Keehi Lagoon, near the La Mariana Sailing Club, about 5 miles west of Honolulu, according to the station.
“I see sharks right form here and then I walked farther and I see all this fish, the sharks across this barricade,” Samuel Etrata, who works for the sailing club. “It is very shocking.”
Hammerhead baby Sharks found dead in hundreds
Etrata said he called the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, which is now investigating. It was not immediately clear who had dumped the shark pups.
Keehi Lagoon is a known location for hammerhead pupping season this time of the year, officials said, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. But it is not a naturally occurring event for shark babies to be found ashore in large numbers.
Rossiter said there should be tougher laws to prevent the mass deaths of the sharks.
In fact, Hawaii State Sen. Mike Gabbard, a Democrat, has been pushing a bill in recent years that would make it illegal to catch sharks in gill nets.
Last year, the bill passed unanimously in the state Senate, but did not move forward in the house, the station reported.
The bill called for anyone caught illegally catching sharks to be fined $500 per shark for the first offense, the report said.