A hammerhead shark has shocked onlookers by giving birth to a litter of pups before dying on a packed Florida beach.
The five-foot shark had been hauled to the shore by a man fishing at Panama City Beach, the Daily Mail reported.
A beachgoer filmed as the fisherman abandoned his rod and dragged the creature onto the sand.
As it writhed in the shallow water, the shark released its tiny hammerhead pups into the sea.
Onlookers gathered to get a close-up look of the creature, but instead witnessed the rare event.
Witnesses claimed the hammerhead fought repeated attempts to return it to deeper water.
Park rangers arrived at the scene to assist but the shark died some time later.
According to experts, hammerhead pups are fiercely independent and do not rely on their mothers for nourishment and support.
Source: Daily Mail
Author: Chloe Ross, Approving editor: Nick Pearson