This drone footage of hammerheads feeding is incredible.
Every year in Florida, there is a major migration of blacktip sharks through the area. This mass movement of ocean predators is a sight to behold on its own from drone footage. What is the only thing that could make it more impressive?
How about giant hammerhead sharks that are also drawn to the migration routes in search of an easy meal?
This is the third year in a row that Josh Jorgensen has gone out to the beaches to film this migration and the predators that it draws out of the depths of the ocean. Many people like to think that sharks are top of the food chain, but the reality is these fish are often cannibals and have no qualms about eating one of their cousins. There is always a bigger fish in the ocean!
Most notable here is the fact that most of these blacktips are nearly six feet in length. Jorgensen estimates some of those blacktips weighed 80 pounds or more. That is a big fish, but the hammerheads you saw here were nearly 14 feet long and likely weighed more than 1,000 pounds. That is a huge shark by any standard, but for a hammerhead, that is gargantuan.
It never ceases to amaze us how fast some of these larger sharks can move too. One would think a 14-footer would be a lot slower and would be afraid of going too far into the shallows. As you saw here though, that is simply not the case. Those hammerheads went right in after those blacktips at the risk of beaching themselves.
We cannot blame Josh for loving the chance to shoot footage like this with his drone. Impressive stuff, thanks for sharing it with the world!