Experts are worried about people catching and releasing hammerheads.
Fishing for sharks from shore is becoming increasingly popular in recent years. But in Florida, experts are starting to get worried as dead hammerhead sharks are showing up dead on beaches.
Unfortunately, they suspect stress from being caught may be involved.
Four hammerheads that all appeared have been caught recently have turned up dead. Experts say to use heavier tackle, avoid stainless steel hooks and keep the shark in the water when releasing it.
Many shark anglers already do this, but they also recommend just cutting the line instead of taking the time to unhook the shark.
It’s important to keep these things in mind during the dog days of summer here. The hotter weather means more stress on the sharks if they are caught. Help ensure shark fishing is possible for future generations to enjoy. A little common sense goes a long way into ensuring these sharks live to fight again another day.