Beachgoers were left astonished after a hammerhead shark gave birth to a litter of pups before their eyes at the water’s edge.
A crowd had gathered on the beach in Florida after a fisherman hauled the five foot shark from the water and dragged it towards the sand.
As the creature thrashed around in the shallow water, onlookers spotted the tiny hammerhead pups wriggling in the sea.
The bizarre scene at Panama City Beach was caught on camera in the U.S. yesterday.
Despite repeated attempts to guide the hammerhead back into deeper water, she kept swimming towards the shore.
Local resident Kathy Hunt, who was watching on the beach, told local station News 13 that the shark seemed to be ‘looking for a way out and was thrashing around the closer it got to the shoreline’.
Park rangers arrived at the beach to take control of the situation.
They tried to coax the shark back into deeper waters, but the shark died around 3pm yesterday.
Shark pups are very independent and often swim away from their mothers as soon as they are born, as these pups did in Florida.